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Debian Squeeze nautilus-dropbox.deb i386 package

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Edit 2: Official Debian dropbox package on the way :) http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/06/06/official-debian-ubuntu-packages-for-nautilus-dropbox/

Edit: The package nautilus-dropbox is now available in Hadret’s Debian PPA (among other interesting stuff). You might be better off using it.

If you are looking for the amd64 version, go here.

This is the nautilus-dropbox package built on Debian Squeeze i386.


It will call the real installation and that’s about it. Don’t be mistaken by the version number, it will download the latest version, just hover over the notification icon and you’ll see the real version. You can upgrade by just deleting the appropriate folder in your home directory.


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October 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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Kupfer 202 for Squeeze

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I built this Kupfer package v202 for Squeeze as it includes some bug fixes and appindicator support, which I use. Thought to share so you can just download it.

All archs download

Checkout Kupfer’s monochrome icons too if you want to integrate it with indicator-applet’s icons.


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September 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm

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Better notify-osd integration on non-Ubuntu systems

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I really like some of the simplifications Ubuntu throws into the desktop. However, a lot of these new things (most) are only well integrated in their desktop. One example is notify-osd. It installs just fine from ppa under Debian, but both bright and volume controls may not work as expected.
I longed for a better integration with my Debian system, as I don’t like regular gnome notifications. Thankfully, there are scripts :) I found both in the Archlinux forums (some forums!).

This is the script that allows to change the volume using notify-osd.
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=69589 Check up post number 10. (Thanks to abarilla for the original script).

Save the script as “vol”, cp to /usr/bin (or wherever in the PATH). Next, configure volume shortcuts under System -> Pref -> Keyb Shortcuts, being the commands, i.e., “vol up” “vol down” and “vol mute”. You might have to reconfigure your actual volume shortcuts so they won’t clash with the new ones.

The one for brightness is available at the following address. (Thanks to xabz).
Do cat /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/actual_brightness with maximum brightness, and replace the number 9 in the script with whatever value it returns.
Now set keyboard shortcuts.

The problem here is that Gnome may “forget” your shortcuts for brightness or volume if they are special keys “hardware” shortcuts…. I only suffer it with brightness on my laptop.

If you use compiz, you may encounter an issue with notify-osd flickering when it fades in or out. This is because notify-osd integrates its effects so they are the same regardless of the composite manager. The way to avoid such flickering is to add & !(name=notify-osd) in the “Window Match” section in ccsm for the animations that you use, and that may affect it.

Last but not least, I found this instructions in webupd8.org to install a configurable notify-osd. Add the launchpad ppa and your good to go!


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May 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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gnome-mplayer Nautilus preview in Debian

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I wanted to get rid of totem for good, and stick to just one app for videos on gnome. I chose mplayer (and its frontend gnome-mplayer), as I already used smplayer on KDE/Arch. One thing I really like about nautilus/totem is the audio/video details (as well as audio preview) and I wanted that if possible. I found our gnome-mplayer offers it, yet Debian’s gnome-mplayer package isn’t compiled with nautilus support.

Since I wanted it badly (and I was bored), I rebuilt the package from debianized sources with “apt-get source”, but setting –enable-nautilus in debian/rules, and installed libnautilus-extension-dev, a build-dep not stated on Debian’s package control files. Besides that, the package is as it is from the repo in sid, built using proper Debian tools and following this awesome tutorial in Debian’s forums. Since it’s already built, I thought to share. Feel free to download. gnome-player built on Squeeze.



This enabled the preview page in nautilus properties window as in the picture above. In order to gain audio preview by hovering the mouse (with nautilus icon view) over the icons after removing totem, I had to install gstreamer0.10-tools from the repos. Some old posts state mpg321/123 and vorbis-tools are required for this, yet it didn’t work for me.

Thanks to all the mplayer and diverse frontends devs for their efforts!

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March 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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