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jrb


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PostPosted: Wed 15 May 2019, 10:54    Post subject:  

Mike Walsh wrote:
Not trying to take the thread over, honest! I just happened to know of a method for doing what tlchost asked about, 'cos I've used it for a while myself, very successfully. So, I replied (at length....) Laughing


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Cool No problem Mike, I was about to refer tlchost to you as the expert. You were too quick for me.
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PostPosted: Wed 15 May 2019, 11:39    Post subject:  

@ jrb:-

Crikey; I don't know as I'd call myself the 'expert' on this, mate. Be that as it may, I've been playing around with multiple profiles in these 'portables' for 2 or 3 months so far. I think I'm kinda getting the hang of it, ATM.

No getting away from one thing, though. Profiles (even newly created ones!) take up a fair bit of space. Running multiple profiles, you very definitely need space to store them, in addition to a method for calling whichever one you want. I'm leaning towards the idea of a single MenuEntry for each app, calling a small YAD-powered GUI with buttons to start it with whichever profile you want to utilise for the day/session.

Like this:-





What d'you think? (I might even build an 'all-in-one', a single MenuEntry for all the Mozilla-based apps on my system, with a combined GUI for everything. I just haven't made up my mind quite how I'm going to approach it yet.)

I use the '--no-buttons' option (which does away with the 'OK' and 'Cancel' buttons), along with the '--close-on-unfocus' option. This latter command ensures that as soon as the browser/whatever opens, the selector dialog box auto-closes by itself. Which is neat, but it does require an up-to-date version of YAD, since this option came in, so I believe, with 0.38.0.

Smokey01's YAD guide has proven invaluable over the last 18 months or so. It's quite an eye-opener as to just what's possible with it.


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jrb


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PostPosted: Wed 15 May 2019, 21:48    Post subject:  

Mike Walsh wrote:
@ jrb:-

Crikey; I don't know as I'd call myself the 'expert' on this, mate. Be that as it may, I've been playing around with multiple profiles in these 'portables' for 2 or 3 months so far. I think I'm kinda getting the hang of it, ATM.

No getting away from one thing, though. Profiles (even newly created ones!) take up a fair bit of space. Running multiple profiles, you very definitely need space to store them, in addition to a method for calling whichever one you want. I'm leaning towards the idea of a single MenuEntry for each app, calling a small YAD-powered GUI with buttons to start it with whichever profile you want to utilise for the day/session.

Like this:-





What d'you think? (I might even build an 'all-in-one', a single MenuEntry for all the Mozilla-based apps on my system, with a combined GUI for everything. I just haven't made up my mind quite how I'm going to approach it yet.)

I use the '--no-buttons' option (which does away with the 'OK' and 'Cancel' buttons), along with the '--close-on-unfocus' option. This latter command ensures that as soon as the browser/whatever opens, the selector dialog box auto-closes by itself. Which is neat, but it does require an up-to-date version of YAD, since this option came in, so I believe, with 0.38.0.

Smokey01's YAD guide has proven invaluable over the last 18 months or so. It's quite an eye-opener as to just what's possible with it.


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I'm afraid I haven't used multiple profiles in anything that I can think of. Everyone in my house has their own machine (mostly out of the tip).

I think if I premade a certain number of profile directories for each app, ie: profile1, profile2, profile3 and then built a yad dialog, as you suggest, into the launch script it would be doable with my skill-set (being optimistic here). Hopefully that would meet user's needs?

As for the all in one MenuEntry, it would work for you, but I think it might be confusing for anyone else using your machine. I think I'll keep mine to a menu-entry for each app. (KISS)

BTW, I copied the yad dialog I used in PortaBrowse from your Palemoon-portable. I had never used yad before. Thanks

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PostPosted: Thu 16 May 2019, 05:44    Post subject:  

Morning, jrb.

See, this illustrates the primary difference between thee and me. I've just been having a look through some of the scripts in the PortaBrowse installer.

I'm good at doing the visual stuff; pretty GUIs, and all that malarkey. I've never been so good with the code.....though I'm learning as time goes by.

I can put together some really neat-looking GUIs.....but I need somebody like you (and others like you) to help out with the backend. GUIs are no good unless they DO something! Laughing

(BTW, I agree with ya. Definitely K.I.S.S..! It's why I'm such a proponent of AppImages, self-extracting scripts, 'portables', and the like. The easier we can make it for newcomers to the kennels to get things up-and-running, the better as far as I'm concerned.)

jrb wrote:
BTW, I copied the yad dialog I used in PortaBrowse from your Palemoon-portable. I had never used yad before. Thanks


No worries. I think we all tend to borrow bits'n'pieces from each other. If it does the job, I don't think any 'established' Puppians are going to complain!

We help each other out. That's the idea of a community.


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