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I want to share with you all a nice applet I made for this site. (Well, not for this site specifically, but it applies.)

It's called StackApplet. It's a status icon that notifies you of answers, comments people post to you, and reputation changes.

Here is the package: (for both 32 and 64 bit installs)


The package is also in my PPA (BUT it is an older version):


Here is a screenshot:

Note: to add this site, click the icon and click preferences. Type "askubuntu" into the site name field. Type your user ID into the other. Then click "Add to List" and click "OK".

Second note: The code for this app is on Launchpad.

Third note: StackApplet 1.4 is in the Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) repositories.

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    Cool. Interested in having that officially packaged in Debian/Ubuntu? Shoot me an email at myusername@ubuntu.com
    – lfaraone
    Jul 28 '10 at 20:15
  • @lfaraone: ...and done. Jul 28 '10 at 20:48
  • We need a KDE applet too :D I might even write it
    – txwikinger
    Jul 28 '10 at 21:13
  • @txwikinger: Too late, one of the good people at StackApps wrote one: stackapps.com/questions/117/… Jul 28 '10 at 21:19
  • @lfaraone: Did you get my email? Jul 28 '10 at 22:22
  • @George Edison: yes, I did.
    – lfaraone
    Jul 28 '10 at 22:25
  • I'm using LXDE. Could this be made to work in any systray? Jul 28 '10 at 22:56
  • @mac: Well, not without rewriting a fair amount of it. Also, I have no experience working with LXDE. Jul 28 '10 at 23:04
  • where is the source code for it?
    – txwikinger
    Jul 29 '10 at 20:26
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    @txwikinger: It's a Python script - so the application is the source code. It's in the package provided in the link above. Jul 29 '10 at 22:25
  • Well, if you make something that works out of the systray, it should work in any window manager -- GNOME, KDE, LXDE, Fluxbox, etc. -- just like Network Manager. Jorge Castro mentioned below that you could use App Indicators. I believe that is WM-independent. Jul 30 '10 at 13:28
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    This is brilliant
    – Marco Ceppi Mod
    Aug 7 '10 at 13:18
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    Version 1.4 gave me a whole bunch of warnings. I did not click on Ignore and Install just in case. Apr 29 '11 at 23:20
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    Clicked on the Link above (The launchpad.net/stackapplet/1.4/1.4/+download/… one) opened in Software Center and clicked on Install. Then it gave a bunch of errors like: Lintian check results for /home/cyrex/Downloads/stackapplet_1.4.0_all (1).deb: E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/ 1000/1000 E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/ 1000/1000 E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid usr/share/applications/ 1000/1000 E: StackApplet: wrong-file-owner-uid-or-gid And in continues on.. Apr 29 '11 at 23:33
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    @CYREX: Ah, you're right. I'll make sure this is fixed for the next version. In the meantime - there is a version in the official repositories that you can use in Natty. Just run 'sudo apt-get install stackapplet'. Apr 29 '11 at 23:48

A maverick Version would be great.

  • Has anyone tried it in Maverick? I'm curious to know if it works or not - it should work, but that's not the same as actually testing it. Aug 5 '10 at 21:39
  • It's working for me in Maverick. Aug 6 '10 at 21:59
  • I am using the deb package not the PPA
    – akshatj
    Aug 8 '10 at 11:41
  • If you can hang tight for a few weeks, it looks like this will actually be included in the Maverick repositories. Aug 9 '10 at 23:34
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    I uploaded the package to Debian Unstable, it's since been synced into Maverick.
    – lfaraone
    Aug 11 '10 at 3:48

I'm getting an error with the latest (1.4) version:

There was an error retrieving information from StackAuth when StackApplet was initialized.

The preferences dialog cannot be displayed.

Please note that this is not an error in StackApplet - either a misconfigured Internet connection or StackAuth failure are likely the problem.

I'm running maverick, and my internet connection seems fine.

  • This is sometimes caused by the API servers going down temporarily. Try again in a few hours. Nov 23 '10 at 19:48
  • Yeah, that was it.
    – Malabarba
    Nov 24 '10 at 12:44

Is there a reason why I can't connect this to my Programmers SE account? The icon just says 'Please wait...' endlessly.

Also, how do I get a context menu like that seen in the screenshot?

  • This tool has gone though a whole lot of updates since last this post was updated.
    – Marco Ceppi Mod
    Jan 17 '11 at 14:13
  • Marco is right. The latest version is here. Jan 23 '11 at 20:18

Are you planning to add a text display of the total rep for a selected site to the indicator's icon (similar to what the system temperature indicator does)?

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    Yes, this is planned for StackApplet 1.6. Nov 19 '11 at 2:03

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