[PyKDE] Status of panel applets?

David Boddie david at boddie.org.uk
Sun Aug 29 17:52:40 BST 2004

On Fri, 27 Aug 2004 14:17:33, Jim Bublitz wrote: 
> On Friday 27 August 2004 12:35, Maurizio Colucci wrote: 
> > What is the current status of panel applets? 
> That's a good question. Between David, Simon and myself, none of us has 
> really taken charge of getting panel applets (and related stuff like 
> KParts, IOSlaves,  Control Center modules) packaged up. I know I simply 
> haven't had time to get back to it, and I suspect that's the case with 
> David and Simon too. 
That's right. Unfortunately, debugging and packaging these things is always 
less attractive than doing other things, so many of the components remain 
unfinished and/or unpackaged at the moment. 
> There is a nice project here if someone wants to pull it all together, 
> covering: 
> 1. Panel applets and panel extensions (not sure about panel menus, but the 
> other two are essentially done) 
I doubt that I'll be looking at those again any time soon. :-( 
> 2. Writing KParts in Python (PyKDE already imports KParts) 
I must check that I can display things like the Postscript part, as this was 
reported to be incomplete some time ago. 
> 3. IOSlaves written in Python 
I have these working, but need to adopt a packaging system other than the one 
I was using. I've also managed to crash Konqueror with these, too, despite 
the level of separation between slaves and applications. I suspect that 
Konqueror receives data that it doesn't expect and fails to handle it 
properly, but that might be an unfair analysis of the situation. 
However, I do have three or four interesting IOSlaves that actually work; 
the most interesting of these is the Bookmarks IOSlave. 
> 4. Control Center Modules written in Python 
Simon can take these. :-) 
> If someone wants to take the lead on this (and I hope someone does), it 
> would help if they'd speak up (if only so we have someone to bitch at :) ). 
> I'll be happy to provide assistance, latest code, whatever, as I'm sure 
> David and Simon would. Otherwise, I'll get to it eventually, but I'm pretty 
> busy at the moment and PyKDE is my priority. 
If it's useful to anyone then I'm happy to supply code. 
> There are some good reasons why I don't want this to be part of PyKDE - 
> basically problems with changes between sip3 and sip4 and that it makes 
> PyKDE building/installation more complicated. 
That's understandable. It's probably not a good idea to bloat PyKDE with 
support for lots of esoteric plugins, either. 

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