Wicd gnome applet

Asked by Ben Ell on 2012-11-22


I wanted to ask if there is a gnome-applet from gnome3 planned for any version of wicd? I would be very interested in building one similar to the one of networkmanager(nm-applet). I am thinking about porting the wicd-gtk application to a gnome-applet. Upon what should I build my code so that my code does not get unusable too fast? I am asking this as I read something about a wicd 2.0 version and I would not like to recreate my extension from scratch as soon as the new version is out. Can you give me some guide about how to start?



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David Paleino (dpaleino) said : #1

That's not planned (yet).

Wicd has a tray icon, which should work on most DEs. My last experience with nm-applet was on GNOME2, and it was just a tray icon. Isn't that the case anymore in GNOME3? Do you have some screenshot which could explain what you're trying to achieve?

Wicd 2.0 is still far, far away. There hasn't been actual development there since years, I must say. With the change in upstream developers, I concentrated more in 1.x, then in the 2.x rewrite. So don't worry, your code won't be trashed out soon :)

Anyways, I'm going to document myself over this. If it is something doable with no much effort, it's very likely that it will be a feature in the upcoming 1.7.3.


David Paleino (dpaleino) said : #2

Hi Ben,

I coded a quick extension to wrap the current systray. That means that you'll get all the functionality through the icon, like in Gnome2 and Xfce. I know, it would be best if I made a proper applet, reimplementing at least the right-click menu, but that will probably come later :)

It would be nice if you could test it: unpack the tarball in /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/, and then enable it (I guess you know how to do it).

Please report back if there is any problem: I installed gnome-shell only to develop and test it, and seems to work fine. But, not being a gnome-shell user, I might not be aware of common "actions" expected by those applets.



Ben Ell (benu-egugel) said : #3

Oh hi,

I totally forgot with what account I was logged in here so I saw the message only recently. very nice that you already did something quickly.I will test it as soon as possible. Thanks for your quick answer.

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