On Fri, 2004-06-11 at 10:36, Jeff Waugh wrote: > <quote who="Sean Middleditch"> > > > Please check out gnome-cups-manager and gnome-system-tools. These > > together provide all of the below, and iirc both are already proposed for > > inclusion in GNOME 2.8. > > gnome-cups-manager has not been proposed yet. > > Jody? We'd planned to announce this soon, but Matthias Clasen and I have been hacking on printing for the last two or three weeks. We've got a lot done. After talking with Seth, we decided that the best user interface for printing was to have a single icon that a user could click on and see all their print jobs, pending and complete. Red Hat has been shipping a little icon called "eggcups" in Fedora that catches a D-BUS signal from the (patched) local cupsd, and causes a notification icon to display. When you click on it, it shows the printer browser. We decided that instead, it should show a list of your print jobs. Our approach was to extend the D-BUS patch for cupsd a lot, and give the system enough information to track user jobs. This also entailed basically rewriting eggcups from scratch. It all basically works now - you can start a job, and the icon appears. When all your active jobs are complete, the icon greys out. We'd really like to get eggcups integrated upstream. We looked closely at gnome-cups-manager, and gnome-cups-icon, but their approach is fundamentally different (multiple icons for different printers, no user job list, etc). However, this does depend on a patched cupsd to work properly. One thing I've been thinking about doing is hacking libgnomeprint to send a Bonobo message to eggcups to tell it about jobs queued via libgnomeprint, so notification at least works for GNOME applications. Our next step has been rewriting libgnomeprint's cups module to use libgnomecups, and integrating printer status feedback into the print dialog itself. This is basically complete, but the patch is a bit ugly. You can see a screenshot of our initial work on the dialog here: http://people.redhat.com/walters/Screenshot-3.png We plan to rework it significantly though, but at least the notification core works. Oh, and we've been hacking on our rewritten eggcups icon in Arch; Matthias' branch (which has the latest work at the moment) is at mclasen redhat com--2004/eggcups--main--0 (The current location of which is http://people.redhat.com/mclasen/arch-2004) My branch is: walters redhat com--2004/eggcups--main--0 Currently at: http://people.redhat.com/walters/arch/2004 You need the D-BUS patch to make it go at the moment. Again, I think it'd be great to get this stuff into GNOME 2.8. It's really need to see it working now, but it does need more cleanup. Comments welcome!
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