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 :)

Sxeptomaniac

9 years ago

OK. My mistake then

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dantti

9 years ago

No problem it's hard to complain on something you don't know the design, it's more obvious to think KPackageKit has the problem.
What normally happens is that if you can reproduce the bug in gnome-PackageKit then the fault is probably on the backend, otherwise it can be in the GUI.

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rerx

9 years ago

Is there any way to make KPackageKit download the packages via the proxy I have to use? I can't find any setting that is respected.

Here is the pertaining bug report for Kubuntu Jaunty: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kpackagekit/+bug/347982

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dantti

9 years ago

Check out the 0.4.1 changelog :D

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rerx

9 years ago

This sounds very promising, thanks for your work!

Now I'd only need a package for jaunty. I hope soon somebody will occupy themselves with it...

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quarkslot

9 years ago

I've just done a clean install of Kubuntu 9.04 and thought I'd try KPackageKit.

The interface is clean and I installed a software package without any trouble.

I then stacked up several packages to install at once but there was an installation error with sun-java6. I de-selected sun-java6 and tried again but KPackageKit now reports "Cannot get the exclusive lock on the packaging backend. Please close any other legacy packaging tools that may be open."

However I haven't used any other packaging tools on this system so it seems that KPackageKit locked itself out when it hit the error. I tried a reboot but no change.

Do you know how I can clear the lock?

Thanks.

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quarkslot

9 years ago

I've just done a clean install of Kubuntu 9.04 and thought I'd try KPackageKit.

The interface is clean and I installed a software package without any trouble.

I then stacked up several packages to install at once but there was an installation error with sun-java6. I de-selected sun-java6 and tried again but KPackageKit now reports "Cannot get the exclusive lock on the packaging backend. Please close any other legacy packaging tools that may be open."

However I haven't used any other packaging tools on this system so it seems that KPackageKit locked itself out when it hit the error. I tried a reboot but no change.

Do you know how I can clear the lock?

Thanks.

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quarkslot

9 years ago

I've just done a clean install of Kubuntu 9.04 and thought I'd try KPackageKit.

The interface is clean and I installed a software package without any trouble.

I then stacked up several packages to install at once but there was an installation error with sun-java6. I de-selected sun-java6 and tried again but KPackageKit now reports "Cannot get the exclusive lock on the packaging backend. Please close any other legacy packaging tools that may be open."

However I haven't used any other packaging tools on this system so it seems that KPackageKit locked itself out when it hit the error. I tried a reboot but no change.

Do you know how I can clear the lock?

Thanks.

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quarkslot

9 years ago

Running 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' fixed this problem by completing the configuration of the packages which had been downloaded but not installed.

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dantti

9 years ago

The problem is that you backend is not able to install some kinds of packages, (blame your distro..) :P

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inzkad

8 years ago

Thanks! This advice helped me fix the problem.

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KFreakz

9 years ago

The 'new way of show details' looks much better now! :-)

Can't wait to use 0.4.0 in Jaunty! THX!

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beojan

9 years ago

I compiled this on debian, after installing PackageKit 0.3.12 with backend=apt. When I run KPackageKit, and start an operation, I get a message saying the backend took too long, and it should fork. Can you give instructions how to compile with PackageKit 0.3.12 on Debian Sid/Experimental. (KDE-Polkit from kdereview)

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dantti

9 years ago

K, first use polkit form extragear as i fixed some bugs that in my debian testing wasn't working..
For the apt backend that's probably a missing package that python is complaining try to run the aptBackend.py as root to see the error messages

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beojan

9 years ago

PackageKit 0.3.12 has no aptBackend.py file, only aptDBUSBackend.py
Same applies to 0.3.13. Also, when I use pkcon get-details kde-devel, I get the package details, however, if pkmon is running on another tty at the same time, I get
"Error: internal-error : The backend took too much time to process the synchronus request - you need to fork"

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dantti

9 years ago

hmm weird but the file is the one you found, aptDbus..py try running it as root just to see if there are errors.
try to hang on #packagekit on freenode maybe be can try to help you better there, i'm not the guy that undertands very well the py apt backend as of that i'm creating one in c++ but you should stay with the py one as it has more features..

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OpenAugusto

9 years ago

the interface could look and work better if you make it a little bit more as the gtk/gnome version?

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dantti

9 years ago

no, i don't :P
i have some new ideas for the ui but the gtk ui would suck in system settings as it's too wide, the gtk one is not embedded in another application, so small screens would not display it visible enough. the point i'm making is that system settings shows at the left side the modules we have and we don't have control to make that thinner. ;)

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OpenAugusto

9 years ago

Mmm... I didn't think about that, guess you're right on that department.

But I think it looks a little clumsy a very cluttered.

But I believe you already know this, so may be you know how to improve it.

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blindvic

9 years ago

I have an idea for KPackageKit:
add another tab (better a window) for repositories management. A tree.
Repositories
|--Checkbox | Repository name | Last update date
|--Checkbox | Repository name | Last update date

With drag and drop ability (for priority change). Checkbox - to enable/disable. Context menu (update (also selectively), add another repository, delete selected repository.

Also add possibility to show packages by repository.

Thank you

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dantti

9 years ago

Thanks for you comment but this need to be supported by packagekit, which afaik is not currently supported, i'll try to suggest that in the future but you need to keep in mind that this need to able to be compatible with all distros and the repositories is one thing that differs a lot.

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angrykeyboarder

9 years ago

Just for the record.

http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/

vs

http://www.synaptics.com/

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dantti

9 years ago

oh yeah :P i ALWAYS confuse both projects :P
Thanks :D

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aNordal

10 years ago

In the "Software Updates" menu, I have 5 bug fix updates right now. When clicking +/- to expand/collapse that categoriy repeatedly, my stopwatch says it typically takes 4 seconds to either expand or collapse, and in the worst case 9,77 seconds. The animation is quick and smooth, it just takes so long time before it happens. Is there room for improvement?

Unfortunately, I have the proprietary Nvidia driver. Still, I don't experience such delays with other programs and my hardware is more than decent, so this is strange.

I must admit that I installed KPackageKit through Fedora repos: kpackagekit-0.3.1-5.fc9.x86_64

Despite being a little negative here, I still like the user interface, so you got my vote.

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dantti

10 years ago

Hi, you're probably right, we forgot to turn off the animation when expanding, i'm planning a new release as soon as my work with polkit-kde is "finished", we have some new features and this is most likely to disappear.
But thanks for commenting.

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