Systray jobs

Marco Martin notmart at
Fri May 1 20:39:43 CEST 2009

On Friday 01 May 2009, Rob Scheepmaker wrote:
> Hello all,
> I would like in discuss what things should still be improved to the way
> jobs are handled in the systemtray before the freeze. These are some of the
> things I noticed or are often requested:
> * Auto hiding after the dialog with jobs and notifications get's
> automatically shown because one get's added. Currently this is hardcoded to
> 6 seconds, but there are quite some requests for having no auto hiding at
> all. I do  very much prefer autohiding, since you can continue working
> without having to close the popup manually when you start a longer running
> job. However, some people prefer no autohiding because they have their
> systray on a second monitor for example, so it doesn't really block their
> workflow. I therefore suggest adding a config option to the systray, to
> configure the autohiding time.
no another configuratio option makes no sense, i think autohiding is ok now 
that the icon is animated (intuitive enough? needs real testing i suppose)
speaking of the animated icon, it seems that the text is hardcoded to white?
(not really happy with the look of it, but i don't know how to do it better 
without tons of custom graphics...)
> * I don't like having to clear the list of completed downloads whenever I
> want a clean systray, and I think having the completed job extenderitems
> automatically destroyed after a certain time could make sense. However,
> what would be a sensible timelimit? 5 minutes? and hour? a day? I would
> also hate if it would require an extra config option. This is the issue I'm
> most uncertain of.
yeah, they should have even a pretty short lifetime, 1-2 minutes?
> * Currently we just look at the second label, check if that's a filename
> (all kio jobs have destination as second label, if there is a destination),
> and use that to provide the possibility of opening the completed file. To
> do this properly so an action can be provided for every kjob, this
> possibility needs to be added to kjob/jobview dbus interface, but I think
> that's more something for 4.4. Anyway, this approach has the following
> problems:
> ** when copying multiple files, you will only be able to open the file last
> copied. Possible solution here would be to check if there amount of files
> copied is bigger then 1, and provide opening the destination folder instead
> of the file in that case.
what about always just provide the action to open the destination folder? 
seems more useful?
> ** I don't like the labels in the completed job's widget. Something like
> "Dolphin finished copying 5 files" as message would be prettier, but that
> would also be something that has to be added to kjob/jobview. (I'm not
> really sure infomessage is really meant for that)
yeah, or maybe even omit "Dolphin" :p
> These are the main issues I encountered. Please try the systray from trunk
> some time and give your feedback on these issues or provide your own
> points.
> Regards,
> Rob
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