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rhythmbox v2.9x/v3.x plugin to display the coverart and control rhythmbox from your desktop
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rhythmbox v2.96 and later plugin to display the coverart and control rhythmbox from your desktop

GTK3 Author

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... and on mouse-over...


Current Situation

  • Basics do work - see To Do list below
  • Mouse focus control to be restricted to cover i.e. lines 276-284 commented out needs to be GTK3 converted. Patches welcome!

To Install

sudo apt-get install gir1.2-gconf-2.0 gir1.2-rsvg-2.0
git clone https://fossfreedom/desktop-art.git
cd desktop-art

for Rhythmbox 2.96 - 2.99:


for Rhythmbox 3.0 and later:

./ --rb3

N.B. use the equivalent package names gir1.2-gconf-2.0 gir1.2-rsvg-2.0 for your distro

Enable the plugin in rhythmbox

To Do:

patches welcome

  • code cleanup - remove various gnome2 bits such as the path ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/covers/ in
  • GConf needs to be converted to GSettings
  • is the rsvg module really needed? Need to investigate further and if necessary strip the rsvg code elemnents from the source.
  • Investigate the 1 second polling method to update the cover. Inefficient - possible use the standard playing-changed event to upate.
  • Preferences Dialog - two or more increments to the x, y, w or h values causes a segmentation fault.

    Bug #1028115 in pygobject

    To have full functionality, this bug needs to be fixed in the pygobject-Packages:

    You can find scripts for Ubuntu 12.04/12.10 to patch the packages. If you're running Ubuntu 12.04/12.10 AMD64, you can download the resulting binaries as .deb packages.


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