AUG
10
2003

KConfigure - its Kool

So my wife wanted to install a kde app a last night that she found on source forge... okay no biggie, i told her to just get the RPM off of the SuSE cd... one problem, the program was not there, soooo i told her to download the source and install it... BIG MISTAKE!*

okay tar -zxf && ./configure && make && make install may be easy enough for you average geek but my wife (an electrical engineer who programs and maintains industrial equipment all day) was lost after the "x". So to find a fix for this badboy since being the sysadmin here was getting old. Enter KConfig (sourceforge) a GUI wrapper arround the ./configure && make && make install process. Note it says it needs KDE 2.x, but i was able to build it with both 3.0 and head. Now the process was simplified. She was able to down load the file, drag the file to her "unpack file" icon on the kicker that untarred the archive, click on the "configure" file and follow the wizard.

Now the cool part (my wife is a smart lady, but she is a fish out of water when it comes to silly unix commands), Kconfigure spelled out the options is a clear manner. It was nice enough to make things clear without dumbing it down for my wife. It supports profiles so it was able to keep a set of options so she only had to enter values once and just use the same profile for other kde apps. Make and make install where also very clear, even allowing her to install as root with the correct password.

In short I was pleased, my wife now has KPlayer and we are all happy :)

* Yet more evidence that linux can be detrimental to your love life ;)

Comments

Here is the desktop file for the unpack icon that i have on my wife's kicker:
---sart here---
[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Unpack an archive to the desktop
Encoding=UTF-8
Exec=ark --extract-to Desktop %u
Icon=ark
MimeType=application/x-archive;application/x-arj;application/x-bzip;application/x-bzip2;application/x-compress;application/x-cpio;application/x-gzip;application/x-lha;application/x-rar;application/x-tar;application/x-tarz;application/x-tbz;application/x-tgz;application/x-zip;application/x-zoo
Name=Unpack Archive
Name[en_US]=Unpack Archive
Terminal=false
Type=Application
X-KDE-SubstituteUID=false
---end here---
It works with local files and kio based files... very handy even for powerusers.


By Ian Reinhart Geiser at Sun, 08/10/2003 - 12:05

Uhm, Ian, I'd appreciate it when you could edit your post to not include that one long unbreakable line making the page more wide than long. Or even better: include an autosplit script or something like that for such long lines, so it doesn't happen again. Thanks. ;)


By Na at Mon, 08/11/2003 - 20:10

That looks cool. Should it not be an integral part of KDE?


By KDE User at Fri, 08/15/2003 - 12:03

It's always an advantage for everyone to have KDE programs in KDE's CVS, either in one of the main packages or extragear.


By Na at Sat, 08/16/2003 - 00:00