Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock status)

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Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock status)

Postby alan2001 on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:05 am

Subject says it all!

Is there any chance of a talented individual creating an applet to replace the 'LockKeys' Gnome Shell extension, pretty please?

Just switched to Cinammon today, and I love it except for this not existing yet!

Thanks. Nice work on Cinnamon, by the way. :D
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby BrianD on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:31 pm

alan2001 wrote:Is there any chance of a talented individual creating an applet to replace the 'LockKeys' Gnome Shell extension, pretty please?


There is an extension already created and available at extensions.gnome.org -- did you not see it?
need I say more??
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby alan2001 on Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:22 pm

Umm... maybe I'm doing something wrong here.

I had that extension installed already from the Gnome Shell Extensions site, and it had been working for ages. When I installed Cinnamon today it didn't show up in the panel, and I can't see any option to enable it, so I assumed it wasn't compatible with Cinnamon.

Help, please! :oops:
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby xenopeek on Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:10 pm

Gnome Shell Extensions might not work with Cinnamon; and they aren't tested as part of the Cinnamon development cycle. See Clem's comment here http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/?p=119#comment-469. Cinnamon focusses on the more lightweight applets.

Probably taking the code of LockKeys for Gnome, and taking a Cinnamon applet that modifies its look on the panel, it could be relatively easy to cobble that together and convert it into an applet?
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby alan2001 on Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:42 am

Thanks for the confirmation!

As a Linux noob I wouldn't have a clue where to start doing this myself, so if someone out there can recreate it for Cinnamon they would have my undying gratitude!

For those of us using laptops with no LEDs to display CapsLock status, this is pretty essential and I'm really missing it. :idea:
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby xenopeek on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:00 am

Do you really use Caps Lock for something? Else for that one an alternative may be to switch the key off. Meny > System Tools > System Settings > Keyboard Layout > Layouts tab > Options button > Caps Lock key behaviour = Caps Lock is disabled (or one of the other options).
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby alan2001 on Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:12 am

Yes, people use Caps Lock all the time; this isn't needed just to indicate an accidental key press.

Thanks. :)
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby dalcde on Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:31 am

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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby alan2001 on Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:42 am

You sir, are a hero!

I just posted this in the comments section:

wonderful! thanks very much for doing this. I don't know if you did it because of my request on the Mint forum, or if it was a coincidence, but I very much appreciate it! :-) It's even better than the original.


THANK YOU! :D
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby caseylinux on Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:59 pm



Any chance this might work on MATE (or be made to work on MATE in the near future)? I use CAPS lock constantly and am without any sort of indicator since my recent upgrade!

Thanks for any response/help!
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby zeke on Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:44 pm

This is a nice applet. Thanks for creating it. I have one issue with the colors. W/ the gray tool panel I have, the images for caps/numlock on are barely visible. I edited caps-on.svg and num-on.svg so I can see them, but it would be nice to be able to choose a color for the images from a gui.
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby xenopeek on Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:09 am

@caseylinux, Cinnamon applets don't work on MATE. MATE is based on GNOME 2, and for GNOME 2 there was the lock-keys-applet that did what you want. It hasn't been converted to MATE yet, so it doesn't work as of yet. You might head over to the MATE website, and post in the Brainstorm section of their forum the request to convert lock-keys-applet to MATE. http://mate-desktop.org/
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Re: Applet request: LockKeys (displays CapsLock/NumLock stat

Postby caseylinux on Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:44 pm

@ Vincent
Thanks for the suggestion. I took my request to the MATE forum. :)
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