Apper

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Description:

Apper is the KDE interface for PackageKit (aka KPackageKit)

Apper is able to manage packages, applications and updates in a cross-distribution way thanks to the PackageKit project. Providing Linux users a single application that they can learn and use in whatever distribution they are.

Hope you enjoy Apper, and please report bugs, make wishes so we can improve this application.

BUGS goes to bugs.kde.org

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IMPORTANT:
Apper itself can do nothing without PackageKit.
So have it installed before.
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INSTALLATION

Well now that you decide to install it. Be careful :D no warranty is given..

Requirements:
AFTER INSTALLING LOGOUT AND LOGIN SO KDED CAN LOAD THE Apper PLUGIN.
(also, make uninstall #from your old build dir)

PackageKit >= 0.8.5
KDELibs headers of Kde4
KDEWorskpace
KDE >= 4.3

Compiling:
- $ cd Apper # where you extracted it
- $ mkdir build && cd build
- $ cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/ # you must install in /usr otherwise KDE won't find it
- $ make
- $ su
- # make install

Enjoy :)
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dantti

8 years ago

Yeah I know that too :P
Probably the current realease that your are looking for? Probably this highlights the changes
http://dantti.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/open-the-package-get-your-application/

best

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MadAGu

8 years ago

It's a great effort thanks you!
Is there any possibility to add AUR support for archlinux users?

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dantti

8 years ago

Well I'm sorry but I don't use Arch, my time is short and writting the aptcc backend took a lot of my time..

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mambasoft

8 years ago

Hi, I'm working on adopting kpackagekit in the openmamba distribution but when attempting a package upgrade I can go no further than the message "Waiting for service to start" in the "Updating packages" window.
packagekitd is running and installation with pkcon works just fine, as it spawns the password dialog provided by polkit-kde. Looking at the sources I find it difficult to understand which service the program is waiting for...can I get some help on this? Thanks!

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dantti

8 years ago

Please tell me which distro, backend, and version of PackageKit and KPackageKit that are you using.

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mambasoft

8 years ago

The distro is openmamba (milestone2 devel), PackageKit is version 0.6.3, KPackageKit version 0.6.0. PackageKit backend is smart (1.3) which uses apt4rpm style repositories.

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dantti

8 years ago

does gnome packagekit works?
does searching for packages in kpackagekit works?

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mambasoft

8 years ago

I haven't tried gnome packagekit yet and I'll do this asap.
About package search in kpk, yes it works and also updates are correctly detected and shown.

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AshleySheridan

8 years ago

I'm having the same issue on Fedora 11. If I close kpackagekit kill the kpackagekitsmar process, then start kpackagekit up again it works again for a while. I have to do this every time it get's stuck "waiting for services to start"

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dantti

8 years ago

Yeah, it really sucks :P it's a bug in packagekit-qt, I told the author but he didn't fix it yet, after I finish some stuff I'm doing I'll try to fix that myself :D

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mambasoft

8 years ago

With version 0.6.1, which I'd like to adopt asaiw (as soon as it works :) ), I don't get the upgrade stuck with this message anymore, but it simply won't do the updates silently.
What's interesting is that if I go to "Add and Remove Software" and choose to install the upgradable packages, it works perfectly. This makes me think that it is an interface or configuration problem, but I don't know how to diagnose this as no error or informative message is displayed.
Do you have any hint for me? Thanks!

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dantti

8 years ago

Hmm sorry, never saw that problem, can you try with gnome-packagekit? might be a bug in the yum-backend.

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skierpage

8 years ago

This often, but not always, happens to me with Kubuntu 10.04. (kpackagekit 0.5.4-0ubuntu4.3, libpackagekit-qt-12, KDE 4.4.2.)E.g. right now "Simulating the update - " shows "Waiting for service to start", it's been that way for an hour. [Cancel] is grayed out, I have to kill it :-(Often when it's waiting for service to start, it is after the plasma panel has announced upgrades, but I've started KPackageKit myself from Kickoff.What's the service that KPackageKit is waiting for? I've tried `sudo /usr/sbin/packagekitd`, that doesn't help. What's the best way to restart that service in Kubuntu?

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danizmax

8 years ago

This software is not usable by normal user.

Normal users shouldn't be presented with 15 packages when they enter VLC for example.
How the hell should they know what package to install? This is not a power user application nor simple one.

Till you bring back the view by application (http://www.packagekit.org/img/gpk-application-groups.png) that was once in use in the past (by kubuntu) this application will remain useless for most of the people.

So please add the application view to next release.

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dantti

8 years ago

1. If you don't like seeing 15 vlc related packages complain to your distro.

2. If you want to see GNOME packages just click on the combo box and select GNOME desktop.

FYI Both applications have exactly the same functionality.

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danizmax

8 years ago

well it's not package related since all package managers have dependencies.

And I didn't meant to make a bad comment, but I can't understand why the application view is available in gnome, but not in KDE.

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dantti

8 years ago

There is no such application view that talks with PackageKit, you are probably confusing with some other application.
That screen shot from gnome packagekit is showing the gnome desktop group... just that...
(which also works in kpk)

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danizmax

8 years ago

hmm ok i understand :/

So how hard would it be to add this feature and is it planned for the future?

It would realy help a lot of people to get used to KDE/Linux.

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Vistausss

8 years ago

It would be even better if they make a Kubuntu-version of the Ubuntu Software Center.

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Vistausss

8 years ago

It would be even better if they make a Kubuntu-version of the Ubuntu Software Center. But I don't think Canonical wants to do that unfortanetly.. :(

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danizmax

8 years ago

Yea it's such a shame for a good desktop to be left behind by canonical.

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mirzaD

8 years ago

Could you please add (better) option for browsing packages like searching inside category(games), and possibly show more information like ubuntu software center does, rating and optional image(icon)?

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dantti

8 years ago

I've planned to improve the search on the list when there are alread packages there (no time yet),
for the others it's just not possible for now...

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bonomme

8 years ago

vote for that
http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/24507/

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VectoR

8 years ago

if kpackagekit window is open and the automatic update finished then the available packages is multi-displayed. Screenshot here: http://www.blackpanther.hu/~vector/shots/multiple_error.jpg

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