The big problem is that GTK.Popover cannot be a top level window and
granite popover is intended to be deprecated.
On Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM, Sergio Costas <rastersoft@xxxxxxxxx
I've been thinking about this, and want to propose an idea. But
before writing code, I prefer to comment it first, just in case
someone finds something that could prevent it from being useful.
At first I considered the idea of using libpeas to add the
indicators directly as part of the bar, but then I realized that
it's not a good idea because a bug in any indicator (which are
always pieces of software delivered by third parties and without
the same quality control) would crash the entire bar, which is
The idea of exporting the indicator using DBus is good, but has
the problem that it needs a lot of work in order to embed any
widget and send them through the bus (like the famous libido).
But then I realized that the only API needed over DBus is the one
to put an icon in the bar, and also a DBus callback to inform the
indicator that the user clicked on it. The popup itself can be
painted directly by the indicator app, because it is a new
window, and inside it can be painted any standard widget. This
way, wingpanel (or whatever indicator bar used by the user) only
needs to offer an API to add an icon inside, and a DBus signal to
inform the indicator app that it must show/hide its popup (and
also other to enable/disable an icon, and so on, but the API
would be very small).
The advantages are several:
* Developing the library would be extremely easy, and also its
maintenance, because it is extremely lightweight.
* It won't use XEmbedd or other X-specific mechanisms, which
means that it would be fully compatible with Wayland without
changing a line.
* By copying the client API from libappindicator, it is possible
to have binary compatibility with libappindicator applications:
the client code would send over DBus the petition to put the icon
in the bar, and will wait for click events. When they arrive, it
would create a popup with the menu created by the appindicator
Critics? Change proponsals? Am I completely off-topic?
El 28/07/14 a las #4, Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff escribió:
Thanks for the info!
I wonder if indicators themselves were ported to GTK3 though.
Another suggestion I've heard recently is looking into MATE
indicators. But this is all Freya+1 stuff so I'll investigate it
only after Freya is released.
If anyone's interested in the situation with indicators, I've
detailed it here:
Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff
RASTER (Linux user #228804)