Description:

KSmoothDock is a cool desktop panel with parabolic zooming effect for KDE Plasma 5. While visually it is inspired by Mac OS X's Dock, it aims to follow the traditional Linux model of desktop panel with application menu, launchers, pager, taskbar and system tray. Currently KSmoothDock only supports launchers and pager, and is meant to use in conjunction with a Plasma 5 panel that provides application menu, taskbar and system tray.

KSmoothDock is written in C++ and depends on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

For more information, please visit KSmoothDock's homepage: https://dangvd.github.io/ksmoothdock

Note: KSmoothDock is a standalone application, not a Plasma Widget. However, it is placed in this category temporarily while waiting for a more suitable one.

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TO INSTALL:

You can either install from a binary package or from the source code package.

Option 1. (Preferably) Download and install from a binary package: Currently there is a DEB package for the Debian distribution and its derivatives (Ubuntu, Mint etc).
- To install the DEB package, use dpkg/apt command, or, simply click on the DEB package from the file manager to launch the default package installer (e.g. QApt)
- After the installation, KSmoothDock can be launched from the Application Menu (Utilities category), or from the command line by running:
$ ksmoothdock

Option 2. If you want to install from the source code (for example, if a package for your Linux distribution is not available), download the source code package and follow the steps below:

First, make sure you have Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 development packages installed.

To build, extract the ksmoothdock-5.5.tar.gz file, then, from within the extracted ksmoothdock-5.5 directory, run:
$ cmake src
$ make

You can now start the program by running the ksmoothdock binary created in that directory, i.e.:
$ ./ksmoothdock

You can also install the program by running:
$ sudo make install

After the installation, KSmoothDock can be launched from the Application Menu (Utilities category), or from the command line:
$ ksmoothdock

To uninstall, run:
$ sudo make uninstall

To execute the automated tests, run:
$ make test

(Update 2017-04-27: Added a DEB package for v5.5)

Changelog:

v5.5 2 days ago

1. New:
- Add settings for background opacity and whether to show border
- Add an Online Documentation menu item to the context menu
2. Various bug fixes and minor improvements in terms of display and UI
3. Improve automated testing

v5.4 27 days ago

1. New: Install/uninstall:
- Installing the program (by running "sudo make install") now adds an entry to the Application Menu (Utilities category) for easy access to it
- You can now uninstall the program by running "sudo make uninstall"
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Scale the pager icons to the screen's width/height ratio if needed

v5.3 28 days ago

1. New feature: Edit Launchers dialog
- Easy to add/remove/edit the launchers
- Drag and drop within the launcher list to reorder the launchers
- You can also drag and drop from an external source such as K Menu to create new launchers
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Add some icons to context menu
- Pager now refreshes automatically when the number of desktops has changed
- Pager: Non-zoomed items now do not clip zoomed items
- Pager: Setting wallpaper for a non-current desktop now doesn't temporarily affect the current desktop's wallpaper
- When loading launchers, the field codes (%) are now filtered out from the command

v5.2 1 month ago

1. New feature: Auto Hide
- Can be turned on/off from the context menu
- If turned on, hide the dock when the user leaves it and show it when the user moves the mouse on the edge of the screen that the dock resides
2. Bug fixes/Minor improvements:
- Corrects dock's height in vertical position with pager turned on
- Handles wallpaper loading error better
- Adds "Do-not-show-again" to wallpaper setting info message box
- If custom wallpaper is set with pager, draws a border around the pager icon for the current desktop
- Message box that recommends on the wallpaper setting feature of the pager, if it's not used (can be turned off with "Do-not-show-again")
- Corrects the icon of the default System Settings launcher item (the one created automatically when the user starts the dock for the first time)

v5.1 1 month ago

- New feature: Pager
+ Can turn on/off pager from KSmoothDock's context menu
+ Click on a desktop icon switch to that virtual desktop, or, if it's already the current desktop, show/hide the desktop
+ Can set different wallpapers for each desktop (this requires Plasma desktop widgets to stay unlocked)
+ If individual wallpapers are set, the icons will be the mini version of the wallpapers
- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock now shows on all virtual desktops even if launched from Plasma Quicklaunch

v5.0.3 1 month ago

- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock is now visible on all virtual desktops (if the user has multiple virtual desktops enabled).

v5.0.2 1 month ago

- Sync the settings to disk immediately when the user clicks Ok/Apply from the Settings dialog. Previously the sync only happened when the user exited the program.
- Use stricter compiling flags to help prevent potential bugs.

v5.0.1 1 month ago

- Bug fixed: KSmoothDock is now limited to one single instance only.
- Clean-up: Show Desktop is now more consistent with Plasma's show-desktop behavior.

v5.0 1 month ago

Major rewrite for KDE Plasma 5. Depends on Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5.

Currently the panel only supports launchers (including a Show Desktop item), but more features will be considered.

ciruman

9 years ago

I'm interesting on it too.

Thank you, good job!

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Merritt

9 years ago

I compiled the program from Source, and I am using Kubuntu 7.04.

The program installed.. was running.. I configured a few things, and the last thing I can remember doing is adding an icon for Firefox. Now when I start the program (Alt-F2 + ksmoothdock) it starts, no problems, but as soon as I move the mouse over it's location at the top of the screen (it is set to autohide) the bar pops up for half a second then crashes.

"The application KSmoothDock (ksmoothdock) crashed and caused the signal 11 (SIGSEGV)."

Here is the backtrace:

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Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
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[KCrash handler]
#6 0x08072735 in ?? ()
#7 0x082cb288 in ?? ()
#8 0x00000036 in ?? ()
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#10 0xb7570a68 in vtable for QPaintDevice () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0x08087528 in ?? ()
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This error is fully reproducable, every time. Any help?

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Merritt

9 years ago

I compiled the program from Source, and I am using Kubuntu 7.04.

The program installed.. was running.. I configured a few things, and the last thing I can remember doing is adding an icon for Firefox. Now when I start the program (Alt-F2 + ksmoothdock) it starts, no problems, but as soon as I move the mouse over it's location at the top of the screen (it is set to autohide) the bar pops up for half a second then crashes.

"The application KSmoothDock (ksmoothdock) crashed and caused the signal 11 (SIGSEGV)."

Here is the backtrace:

(no debugging symbols found)
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/i686/cmov/libthread_db.so.1".
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[KCrash handler]
#6 0x08072735 in ?? ()
#7 0x082cb288 in ?? ()
#8 0x00000036 in ?? ()
#9 0xbfb4aae8 in ?? ()
#10 0xb7570a68 in vtable for QPaintDevice () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0x08087528 in ?? ()
#12 0x0810e9f0 in ?? ()
#13 0x00000002 in ?? ()
#14 0x00000000 in ?? ()

This error is fully reproducable, every time. Any help?

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marxy

9 years ago

Qt: 3.3.7
KDE: 3.5.6-0.3.fc6 Fedora-Core
kde-config: 1.0


i get crash running ksmoothdock

[itan@itan ~]$ ksmoothdock
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched DCOPServer, pid = 1647 result = 0
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1647' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1647'
kdeinit: Launched KLauncher, pid = 1651 result = 0
DCOP: register 'klauncher' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: new daemon klauncher
kdeinit: opened connection to :0.0
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched KDED, pid = 1652 result = 0
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'kded'
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1652' -> number of clients is now 2
kdeinit: Got EXT_EXEC 'kbuildsycoca' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
DCOP: register 'kbuildsycoca' -> number of clients is now 3
kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1654' -> number of clients is now 4
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1654'
DCOP: unregister 'kbuildsycoca'
kdeinit: PID 1654 terminated.
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'kconf_update' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1655 terminated.
DCOP: new daemon kded
kdeinit: PID 1652 terminated.
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1652'
DCOP: register 'ksmoothdock-1644' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'ksmoothdock-1644'
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = <unknown> pid = 1644
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'drkonqi' from socket.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1657 terminated.
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1658' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: 'anonymous-1658' now known as 'drkonqi-1658'
DCOP: unregister 'drkonqi-1658'

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marxy

9 years ago

Qt: 3.3.7
KDE: 3.5.6-0.3.fc6 Fedora-Core
kde-config: 1.0


i get crash running ksmoothdock

[itan@itan ~]$ ksmoothdock
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched DCOPServer, pid = 1647 result = 0
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1647' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1647'
kdeinit: Launched KLauncher, pid = 1651 result = 0
DCOP: register 'klauncher' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: new daemon klauncher
kdeinit: opened connection to :0.0
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched KDED, pid = 1652 result = 0
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'kded'
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1652' -> number of clients is now 2
kdeinit: Got EXT_EXEC 'kbuildsycoca' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
DCOP: register 'kbuildsycoca' -> number of clients is now 3
kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1654' -> number of clients is now 4
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1654'
DCOP: unregister 'kbuildsycoca'
kdeinit: PID 1654 terminated.
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'kconf_update' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1655 terminated.
DCOP: new daemon kded
kdeinit: PID 1652 terminated.
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1652'
DCOP: register 'ksmoothdock-1644' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'ksmoothdock-1644'
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = <unknown> pid = 1644
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'drkonqi' from socket.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1657 terminated.
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1658' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: 'anonymous-1658' now known as 'drkonqi-1658'
DCOP: unregister 'drkonqi-1658'

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marxy

9 years ago

Qt: 3.3.7
KDE: 3.5.6-0.3.fc6 Fedora-Core
kde-config: 1.0


i get crash running ksmoothdock

[itan@itan ~]$ ksmoothdock
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched DCOPServer, pid = 1647 result = 0
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1647' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1647'
kdeinit: Launched KLauncher, pid = 1651 result = 0
DCOP: register 'klauncher' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: new daemon klauncher
kdeinit: opened connection to :0.0
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: Launched KDED, pid = 1652 result = 0
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'kded'
DCOP: register 'kded' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1652' -> number of clients is now 2
kdeinit: Got EXT_EXEC 'kbuildsycoca' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
DCOP: register 'kbuildsycoca' -> number of clients is now 3
kbuildsycoca running...
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1654' -> number of clients is now 4
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1654'
DCOP: unregister 'kbuildsycoca'
kdeinit: PID 1654 terminated.
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'kconf_update' from launcher.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1655 terminated.
DCOP: new daemon kded
kdeinit: PID 1652 terminated.
DCOP: unregister 'anonymous-1652'
DCOP: register 'ksmoothdock-1644' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: unregister 'ksmoothdock-1644'
KCrash: crashing... crashRecursionCounter = 2
KCrash: Application Name = ksmoothdock path = <unknown> pid = 1644
kdeinit: Got EXEC_NEW 'drkonqi' from socket.
Could not load library! Trying exec....
kdeinit: PID 1657 terminated.
DCOP: register 'anonymous-1658' -> number of clients is now 1
DCOP: 'anonymous-1658' now known as 'drkonqi-1658'
DCOP: unregister 'drkonqi-1658'

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JosueArevalo

9 years ago

micha0815, I have the same problem!

When I had KDE 3.5.6, it works fine, but now I have 3.5.7 and it returns the error:
Signal 8 (SIGFPE)

Any solution? :'(

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JosueArevalo

9 years ago

Solutioned!!!

Remove this directort: /home/user/.kde/share/apps/ksmoothdock

:D

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micha0815

9 years ago

Hi!

I've installed the .deb package (ksmoothdock_4.5_1_i386.deb) with dpkg and everything went fine. But when I start the program within the console it crashes with "Signal 8 (SIGFPE)". Any idea what I could do to prevent it or to find out where the mistake is?
Thanks in advance!

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smithxi

9 years ago

I've compiled this on Debian Etch x86_64, amd64, and it keeps crashing. Any reasons why? Is there anything I can do to fix this? Will there be an amd64 Debian package available ever? If so, how long?

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daTerminehtor

9 years ago

got this going on my new 10.2 suse build (long time user on 10, tks).

Nice work on the transparency.

I've an issue with it locking up when 'updating' a command, or icon. Just locks up and uses all avail memory and cpu cycles.

I can reproduce this each time.

Linux 2.6.18.2-34-default i686
openSUSE 10.2 (i586)
KDE: 3.5.6 "release 77.1"

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daTerminehtor

9 years ago

got this going on my new 10.2 suse build (long time user on 10, tks).

Nice work on the transparency.

I've an issue with it locking up when 'updating' a command, or icon. Just locks up and uses all avail memory and cpu cycles.

I can reproduce this each time.

Linux 2.6.18.2-34-default i686
openSUSE 10.2 (i586)
KDE: 3.5.6 "release 77.1"

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dangvd

9 years ago

Does it happen for a specific command or for any command?

Can you email me the command that causes the lock-up?

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daTerminehtor

9 years ago

Its any 'update' that this occurs. I can add apps without issue though. So, I've been removing them and re-adding them in its place.

What 'may' be the cause is that I created partitions for /, /boot, /usr.. etc. I had to amend the 'autostart' shortcut for it to load on start.

Might that be it? Might I have to make uninstall, then reinstall with a switch?

Not sure of that.

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daTerminehtor

9 years ago

As an update, I have 3 instances of this running when it starts up.

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rocketpack

9 years ago

Whenever I try to run ./configure I get the following message:
"checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X includes. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!"
I'm running PCLinuxOS TR4. I have installed the kde development tools among many, many other packages and nothing has made any difference. Is this a path problem or something? Please assist me. Thank you,
-Scott

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animae13

9 years ago

I have two problems with ksmoothdock.First of all for some reason in version 4.5 crashes every time i use this opera icon (http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/Another+Opera+9+Icon?content=41689) while in older version it didn't.Secondly some times while using "hide automatically" and i move the mouse over it to..show the bar it only shows one icon(the icon that is on that possition) and i have to move the mouse a little (right or left) to show all the icons.Thnks in advance

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dangvd

9 years ago

Can you email me the command for your Opera icon?

Thanks,

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TheG33k

9 years ago

I just use the KsmoothDock version 3.6.1 ... If i try to update to a higher Version (with the xinerama useflag) the Dual Screen Option in the Options Menu isnt there ??? What do i wrong ? so I can not use the 4.X version of Ksmoothdock because the dock is in the middle of the screen :( Plz Help !

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dangvd

9 years ago

I have taken out the primitive support for Xinerama in 3.x versions in order to properly implement it in version 4.x (e.g. recognise the size of the left monitor automatically...)

Sorry for the inconvenience for the moment.

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gameboy57

10 years ago

When I run ./configure after a while I get:

"checking for X... configure: error: Can't find X includes. Please check your installation and add the correct paths!"

What does this mean? I am running PCLinuxOS .94 and am pretty new to Linux, so don't kill me if it's something obvious.

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dangvd

10 years ago

In order to be able to compile from source, you need kde development packages and their dependencies. So please install kde development packages first.
Cheers,

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gameboy57

10 years ago

Ah, thanks, it works now!

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vvves

10 years ago

automake (GNU automake) 1.9.6
...
configure: creating ./config.status
wrong input (flag != 4) at admin/conf.change.pl line 117, <> line 1221.
config.status: creating Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 317: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating doc/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 322: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating doc/en/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 328: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating po/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 321: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating src/Makefile
sed: -e expression #1, char 322: unknown option to `s'
config.status: creating config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands
Good - your configure finished. Start make now

But it can't be make:

no target to make

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dangvd

10 years ago

I don't know why ./configure failed, but what distribution are you using? probably you can look for its binary package.
Cheers,

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