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Arronax

Arronax is a program to create and modify starters (technically: .desktop files) for applications and locations (URLs).

Screenshot of Arronax main window

Arronax main window

Features

Arronax as standalone application

Arronax as standalone application can be started just like any other application using the application menu or application search function of your desktop environment.

From the command line you can start it using the command:

arronax

Arronax as file manager plugins

There are Arronax plugins for the file managers Caja, Nautilus, and Nemo.

The plugins add a menu item “Create starter for this file” or “Create a starter for this program” to the context menu (that’s the menu you get when you right-click a file in the file manager). If the file is a application starter you get an item “Modify this starter” instead.

If your desktop supports it Arronax adds a menu item “Create starter” to your desktop’s context menu.

Drag & Drop

Arronax supports Drag&Drop

  • You can drag an icon for example from the Unity Dash or the Gnome Classic application menu and drop it on an open Arronax window. Don’t drop it on one of the input fields in the Arronax window but on the free space beneath the icon.

  • You can drag files from the file manager and other applications and drop them on the input area in the “MIME types” tab to add the corresponding MIME types to the list. This will add every MIME type only once, even if you add multiple files with the same MIME type.

  • You can drag image files from the file manager or other applications and drop them on the icon selector at the left of the Arronax window to use that image as icon for the starter. It is up to you tom take care that the image has the right size.

  • You can drag a file or folder from the file manager or a URL from your web browser and drop it on the “Command”, “Start in Folder” or “File or URL” input area to use the corresponding file path.

Getting the window class from a window

Starting with v0.8.0 you can get the window class from a window by clicking on the window. This only works in a X11 session (it doesn’t work with e.g. Wayland) and needs GTK 3.20 or later. Arronax still works without this feature, you’ll just get an error message if you try to select the window class.

Status

As far as I know there aren’t any serious bugs in Arronax.

If you find a bug in Arronax please report it at the bugtracker at Launchpad so that I can fix it. Thank you.

Requirements

I’m developing and testing Arronax on Ubuntu. It should work on other Linux distros, too I didn’t test it on other Unix-like systems, maybe it needs some tinkering to get it running there.

To use Arronax you need

  • Gtk 3.4 or later

  • GObject introspection data for the WNCK library version 3.x

  • Python 3.4 or later

  • PyGObject

  • distribute

For the file manager plugins you need additionally

  • for Nautilus: Nautilus-Python 1.1 or later

  • for Caja: Caja-Python 1.1 or later

  • for Nemo: Nemo-Python

You can use the Python2 or Python3 versions of this plugins.

If you install the .deb package this packages will be automatically installed if needed.

Download

Since v0.04 Arronax comes as three different Debian packages:

  • arronax-nautilus contains the Nautilus plugin. This package depends on arronax-base.

  • arronax-base contains the basic files along with the standalone version of Arronax.

    Install this package if you only want to standalone version of Arronax but not the Nautilus plugin.

  • arronax is a metapackage. It doesn’t contain any files but just depends on the the other two packages.

    Install this package if you want a complete installation of Arronax.

  • The tar.gz files contains the files for all the .deb packages.

PPA

Arronax is available from the PPA (“Personal Package Archive”) ppa:diesch/stable for all current versions of Ubuntu. If you add this PPA to your software sources Ubuntu’s Update manager will automatically install newer versions of Arronax when they are available. If you don’t know how to do this see this explanation.

Depending on how busy the Launchpad build servers are it may take a few hours for the PPA to get new packages after a release.

Files

If you rather want to download the files manually here there are:

arronax-0.8.tar.gz

Last modified:

2020-10-11 17:53:52

Size:

178K

MD5:

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SHA256:

8259f59ecd69d1b13768ce4638f1c7861617243ad749a95e6185919ccb0da054

GPG signature:

arronax-0.8.tar.gz.gpg

arronax_0.8_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-10-11 17:53:52

Size:

105K

MD5:

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SHA256:

4f1c5acb1d337479c15b0f41e2bd5ecfad8055515b05b3e17e623c04de2aeef5

GPG signature:

arronax_0.8_all.deb.gpg

arronax-base_0.8_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-10-11 17:53:52

Size:

3,1K

MD5:

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SHA256:

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GPG signature:

arronax-base_0.8_all.deb.gpg

arronax-caja_0.8_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-10-11 17:53:52

Size:

4,2K

MD5:

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SHA256:

2b92933332e66763ae800848cb4505338f91fb3a4dcbe1e843809b1008e7b009

GPG signature:

arronax-caja_0.8_all.deb.gpg

arronax-nautilus_0.8_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-10-11 17:53:52

Size:

5,1K

MD5:

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SHA256:

5a5fecd37957c54e864954f626157d6cc3ce3736c4685337f5df1124c91d5a81

GPG signature:

arronax-nautilus_0.8_all.deb.gpg

arronax-nemo_0.8_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-10-11 17:53:52

Size:

4,1K

MD5:

4d6722f7da08dbfc201856d81ad6406c

SHA256:

cbf3fab0b5589e8368253048d81373e79a84e3fc956da65555eec6c1fefaf425

GPG signature:

arronax-nemo_0.8_all.deb.gpg

Source code

The source code is available from the repository at Lauchpad.

License

You can use Arronax under the conditions of GPL v3 or later.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/

Bugreports, suggestions, ideas, …

For bug reports or feature requests please use the ´bugtracker at Launchapd <https://bugs.launchpad.net/arronax/+filebug>_

You may use German or English language.

Translations

If you want to help to translate Arronax to other languages go to the translation page at Launchpad.

To see the list of people who contributed to the translations you are using go to Help –> About –> Credits in the Arronax main window.

Thanks to all contributors!

Questions and answers

If you have questions about Arronax go to the “Answers” page at Launchpad. If you want you can help to answer questions there, too.

You may use German or English language.