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I've started playing with Dashboard. Dashboard is an association engine which pops up information which is hopefully relevant to what you're currently doing. See the link above for a more indpeth description and some pretty screenshots. This page isn't intended to rave about Dashboard, it's intended to make some of my modifications easier to get.

Interesting links:

Press articles:

I've been hacking on Dashboard a little bit, here are some of my patches...

To apply these patches by hand you, go into the root directory of the copy of Dashboard you've checked out of CVS and run:

  patch -p0 < <patch file>
I no longer have a tarball here. All my patches against Dashboard are in CVS, or go straight into CVS now.

Thoughts on D-Bus

Well, there's a new IPC mechanism on the block called D-Bus. Could be a possibility for the IPC between frontends and Dashboard. It has Mono bindings. The new API is now available. Perhaps wait for the Dashboard 0.2 release before looking at using D-Bus?

Although using TCP still has the benefit that we can run frontends on other computers.

Not in CVS


Here's a patch for Epiphany v1.0.1 also applies cleanly to 1.0.3. To make it work against the Debian package just drop it in debian/patches and run dpkg-buildpackage.

The frontend patch to Epiphany has now been converted to a plugin. At this stage you need the ephyplugins package from the CVS repository on the Savannah Project Page. It still requires applying a patch to Epiphany and recompiling it though.


The Evolution patches are against CVS from July and don't apply cleanly against 1.4.5. My modified backend patch and front end patches do apply cleanly. I've renegerated these patches (2003/12/06) so they should be easier to use.

Only catch is I still get ebook hanging as Nat mentioned on the mailing list the other month.

It is also necessary to create a file called im.png in the art directory. I'm using gaim.png from Gaim (kudos to the Gaim author, cool icon). If you have Gaim installed it may be in /usr/share/pixmaps/gaim.png (on Debian at least) if you don't grab it from here.

If you're using Debian sid then apt-get the source for Evolution and drop the patches into debian/patches and do:

  debian/rules configure 
  debian/rules binary 

Or you can use dpkg-buildpackage. I used to have problems with this, but it seems to work for me now.

YMMV with other distribution source packages. You will at least need to run to rebuild the Makefiles. Very important.


I modified Wade Mealing's SearchSniff backend a little bit. It's kinda cool, it sniffs the ethernet looking for packets going to Google or Freshmeat and generates CluePackets from them. It is currently written to only look at traffic going to or from your machine.

In Official CVS

The following patches have now been applied to Nat's CVS tree

Bug fixes

match-filter.cs has a small problem where if two results come back from two different backends for the same CluePacket the display is cleared between the two. Hence only the last result is displayed. This patch fixes it.

backend-rss.cs puts in a link for each news item in a RSS file, even if there isn't a link. This patch fixes that.

Cluepackets have the following problems which are solved in this The patch is patch.

2003/11/10: gui.cs will display the same snippet twice, I've fixed that in this patch.

2003/11/10: backend-addressbook.cs will try and generate HTML with an empty card at times which throws an exception. This patch will fix this.

CVS gtk-sharp

Gnome.HTML is now in a different DLL. Apply this patch to add the DLL where it's required.

Documents backend

Something or other has changed in Mono 0.28 which means that the use of Gnome.Icon.LookupByURI in backend-documents.cs doesn't work anymore. I've found a work around to make this work. It's really ugly. It consists of compiling in engine/gnome.cs. It'd be much nicer to generate a DLL, but oh well. The patch is here.


I've fixed up the icon overlaying in the Epiphany bookmarks backend. My patch does several things:

Gaim Log's

This patch causes Gaim's backend to generate files that end in .html so MIME stuff works better. It also does a search and replace sticking <br>'s on the ends of log lines. Which makes the logs much nicer to read..
Last Updated: 2004/01/12