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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

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.

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

  • 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_0.7.2_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-06-14 14:37:34

Size:

97K

MD5:

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SHA256:

2616cdb3a54ced20bd72ecf139e047104eba7653d63ba9493638f67d890a28d0

GPG signature:

arronax_0.7.2_all.deb.gpg

arronax-base_0.7.2_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-06-14 14:37:34

Size:

3,0K

MD5:

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SHA256:

ca5c515d0d0ec45a5966461faff6d598bf12bfee40d89333eca7d3d46880a111

GPG signature:

arronax-base_0.7.2_all.deb.gpg

arronax-caja_0.7.2_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-06-14 14:37:34

Size:

4,1K

MD5:

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SHA256:

15eee228f8ce941a23b0c22e44435743c4f0bdf08cfabf55aae040f6bf94894b

GPG signature:

arronax-caja_0.7.2_all.deb.gpg

arronax-nautilus_0.7.2_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-06-14 14:37:34

Size:

5,0K

MD5:

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SHA256:

16eebc8cd78221616da53b9b90c6ad4642c850324572bcb23b121ac46824ad3c

GPG signature:

arronax-nautilus_0.7.2_all.deb.gpg

arronax-nemo_0.7.2_all.deb

Last modified:

2020-06-14 14:37:34

Size:

4,1K

MD5:

2a5e7d05cb568ec9ec0cfae94e2b6933

SHA256:

64b166c7c79a2a60791843c6e1bf6cf9d9eda548be6110f0caf09ecb3bd4bf92

GPG signature:

arronax-nemo_0.7.2_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.