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Curious problem with Simdock launcher

Ivo Kremer
2009-02-28
2013-04-26
  • Ivo Kremer
    Ivo Kremer
    2009-02-28

    I am using Ubuntu 8.10 and have installed Simdock from the repositories.

    I have added Simdock as an item in the Sessions mananger, so it starts automatically every time I log in to my desktop (Gnome session).

    I have added several launchers by editing the launchers.xml file:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <Program>
      <SimDock>
        <path>firefox</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/firefox-3.0.png</icon>
        <description>Firefox web browser</description>
        <name>Firefox</name>
      </SimDock>
      <SimDock>
        <path>vlc %f</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/vlc.png</icon>
        <description>VLC</description>
        <name>Firefox</name>
      </SimDock>
      <SimDock>
        <path>gimp</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/gnome-gimp.png</icon>
        <description>Gimp image editor</description>
        <name>Gimp</name>
      </SimDock>
      <SimDock>
        <path>nautilus</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/gnome-folder.png</icon>
        <description>Bestandsbeheer</description>
        <name>Bestandsbeheer</name>
      </SimDock>
      <SimDock>
        <path>gnome-terminal</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/gnome-term.png</icon>
        <description>Terminal</description>
        <name>Terminal</name>
      </SimDock>
      <SimDock>
        <path>evolution</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/evolution.xpm</icon>
        <description>Evolution</description>
        <name>Evolution</name>
      </SimDock>
      <SimDock>
        <path>VirtualBox</path>
        <icon>/usr/share/pixmaps/VBox.png</icon>
        <description>VirtualBox</description>
        <name>VirtualBox</name>
      </SimDock>
    </Program>

    The strange thing is: they all work perfectly after I just logged in to my desktop, except for the launcher for Nautilus (command: nautilus). When I click on it, it just flickers, but nothing happens.

    However, when I close Simdock and then manually start it again, that launcher does work.
    So it flickers and Nautilus starts.

    I have tested this several times, over and over again.

    That is what I call a curious problem.

    I thought I could solve this with a delay script. Now every time I log in, Simdock automatically starts 20 after that. But that does not solve the problem either.

    So I am out of ideas now about how to solve this problem.

    Do you have any idea how I can solve this?

     
    • Ivo Kremer
      Ivo Kremer
      2009-03-01

      There also seems to be an incompatibilty problem, altough this does not seem to be a specific problem with Simdock.

      When I want to add a new launcher to Simdock, I also take a look at the shortcuts in Ubuntu's Main Menu.
      When I edit the Main Menu, I can see the commands behind the shortcuts.

      For example, the command behind Openoffice.org Writer is:

      ooffice -writer %U

      But when I add a launcher to Simdock with that very same command and I click on it, the openoffice.org splash screen appearts, but not Writer. What does appear next is the following message:

      /home/ivokremer/%U does not exist.

      It also does not seem to work from the command line.