Re: [guppi-list] Guppi as a mime-type handler
- From: Jon Trowbridge <trow gnu org>
- To: Neil J Pilgrim <eennjp electeng leeds ac uk>
- Cc: guppi-list <guppi-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [guppi-list] Guppi as a mime-type handler
- Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 15:30:57 -0500
On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 06:43:55PM +0000, Neil J Pilgrim wrote:
> The main question though, regards the 'bonobo-ification' of guppi, and
> what features/windows/etc does guppi expose in this process? The reason
> I ask is that I envisage a (probably too idealistic) system whereby
> you're using a file- (web-, URL-) browser, and find a set of data
> 'files'. You use the web-form to select the specific data you want and
> that data is then returned in the form of (one example) a NetCDF file.
> The browser figures that such files should be opened with guppi, for
> example, and the data is then automatically read-in to a new guppi
> session (currently with a new app, possibly 'in-line'?).
A few random thoughts:
* The idea of guppi as "helper app" for a browser is not implausible at
all. I'm not quite sure how mozilla handles helper apps, but it
can't be too complicated. IIRC, doesn't it just download the file to
/tmp and then launch the app w/ the filename on the command line.
At very worst, you'd need to add a few command-line args so that you
could put "guppi --import %s" in mozilla's list of helpers for the
NetCDF mime type.
* One feature I've meant to add to guppi for a while is "import data
from network", where you could give a URL and guppi would download
the appropriate file. This is actually quite easy to do with
gnome-vfs. (This isn't exactly what you talked about, but I thought
I'd mention it.) This feature, when combined with scripting, could
be very good for simplifying those nagging "collect and massage data
from servers X, Y and Z" type tasks.
BTW, all of this would hinge on having a NetCDF import filter for
Guppi. If anyone would want to volunteer to write such a beast, I'd
be more than happy to provide technical advice & general
encourangement. (In fact, I'd suspect that there already is a nice
free NetCDF import/export lib out there somewhere. Ideally, such an
import filter would just be "glue" between Guppi and that lib.)
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