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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

aallaan
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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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