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#1 2007-02-27 12:33:30

aallaan
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visual evidence of launch in progress

Is there a way in xfce4 to give visual evidence of a program that is in the process of launching?  For example, changing the cursor to that program's icon, or showing the program in a unique way on the task list, etc.

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#2 2007-02-27 13:47:31

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

Tell it to use startup notification in the properties or the *.desktop file.


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#3 2007-02-27 23:08:54

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

Hi weibullguy,

I brought up the right-mouse menu on the launcher icon, clicked on "Properties" on that menu, and checked the box next to "Use startup notification".  But I don't see any difference when I launch the program.  What sort of launch notification should I be expecting?

BTW, the icon is for firefox.  But the command line in the launcher says:

"exo-open --launch WebBrowser"

Just in case that is relevant...

Where would the *.desktop file would be?    I looked around but have not found a firefox.desktop or anything similar.

Thanks for any help

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#4 2007-02-28 08:07:15

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

You have to edit the firefox.desktop file, exo-open is just a convenience starter for web browsers, terminals and email clients.
The visible stuff of SN is the tobbler/wait cursor.

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#5 2007-03-01 14:13:27

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

aallaan wrote:

Hi weibullguy,

I brought up the right-mouse menu on the launcher icon, clicked on "Properties" on that menu, and checked the box next to "Use startup notification".  But I don't see any difference when I launch the program.  What sort of launch notification should I be expecting?

You should expect the "hourglass" or whatever cursor your theme uses to denote it is busy (mine looks like a wristwatch).

aallaan wrote:

Where would the *.desktop file would be?    I looked around but have not found a firefox.desktop or anything similar.

  This specification will help you get started looking for *.desktop files http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-s … index.html.  I would be remiss if I didn't point out Application Finder (http://www.xfce.org/projects/xfce4-appfinder/) to locate applications with *.desktop files.  Of course, the venerable find command works pretty darn good too.

When you find firefox.desktop, you may need to edit it to include startup notification.  This specification http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Standar … entry-spec should help you with that task.  If you don't have a firefox.desktop file, this spec will also help you create one with the proper format.


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#6 2007-03-01 14:21:51

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

Thanks to everyone.  Since the launcher was pointing to exo-open, the "busy cursor" indication was very brief (not extending through the launching of firefox).  Now I am launching firefox directly and I get a "busy cursor" until firefox is displayed.

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#7 2015-03-02 14:40:13

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

Hi, is this still an open discussion?

Because I got Xubuntu 14.04 with XFCE and I don't get the 'background busy' mouse cursor (regardless of the cursor theme). This is the cursor which still has mouse pointer + 'hourglass-like' indicator. Which is supposed to notify the user that something is about to happen (or a background process is in progress).

And having the 'StartupNotify=true' in .desktop files doesn't seem to work/help.
When launching from main system menu the notification is also missing.
I launch an app (e.g., word processor) and nothing visually changes until several seconds later (time varies) a new window pops up.

Is it intentional and hard-coded somewhere?
Or is there a way to have it configured system-wide?

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#8 2015-03-02 21:49:05

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

nskmda: I believe this thread contains discussion about it. Surprised you didn't see it. Look at post #10.

https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=8728

Is that what you're meaning?

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#9 2015-03-02 23:36:53

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Re: visual evidence of launch in progress

Yes, the conversation is being continued in https://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=8728. I'll close this old thread.

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