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kupfer is a simple, flexible, launcher for Gnome
:Credits: Copyright 2007--2009 Ulrik Sverdrup <>
:Licence: GNU General Public License v3 (or any later version)
This project is configured for waf; waf is shipped in the distributable
tarball but not in the repository. If you need to get waf, run::
wget -O waf
chmod +x waf
Installation follows the steps::
./waf configure
./waf install
or ::
sudo ./waf install
You can use ``--prefix=$PREFIX`` when configuring to assign an
installation spot. By default, Kupfer is installed for all users.
Installing only for your user, the prefix ``~/.local`` is often used;
you just have to check that: ``~/.local/bin`` is in your ``$PATH``.
Kupfer requires Python 2.6 or later, and the following important libraries:
* gtk python bindings, GTK+ version 2.16
* glib python bindings (pygobject) 2.18
* dbus python bindings
Optional, but very recommended dependencies:
* python-keybinder (see below)
* wnck python bindings
* gvfs
* xdg-terminal (to find which terminal application you use, if it's not
Gnome Terminal)
* rst2man / python docutils to build manpages
* xml2po / gnome docutils to install mallard help pages
* `keyring` python module, and optionally its extensions
python-keyring-gnome or python-keyring-kwallet
Opportunistic dependencies
* The deprecated 'gnome' module is used for session connection as
* If available, 'setproctitle' is used to set the process name
* python-appindicator for ubuntu-style notification icon
Some plugins might require additional python modules!
Kupfer is installed as ``kupfer`` into ``$PREFIX/bin``.
Keybinder Module
Kupfer uses tomboy's keybinder code, just like many other applications
do for global keybindings. I had to break out the python wrapping of
the code into a standalone python module `keybinder`_ that you need to
install first.
.. _`keybinder`:
Now you can set kupfer's keybinding by editing kupfer's config. See
``kupfer --help`` for how to do that.
You can use kupfer without the keybinder module, for example by
assigning a global keybinding to the ``kupfer`` binary, but it not the
recommended way.
.. vim: ft=rst tw=72
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