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LinuxPlanet: gnotebook: Googlizer: GNOME's Handy Search Applet and Gift Horse of the Week

Apr 02, 2001, 13:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"...There's not much to it, really: a .c file, a README that describes how to get it working, a Makefile that's all of eleven lines long, and the ever-present GPL in the COPYING file. It took two seconds to build on a Duron 650. Despite its small size, it's still handy, providing an even simpler interface than something like webferret and an interesting learning tool for budding GNOME programmers curious about how to feed the values of X selections to applications."

"Building the program is done by typing make in the unpacked source directory and copying the resulting binary (googlizer) to /usr/local/bin. You then create a launcher for the GNOME panel with the command /usr/local/bin/googlizer. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with an icon, but I created my own and I'm happy to share the humble results of my plagiarization of an existing Sawfish icon with anyone who writes."

"Ever one to look a gift horse in the mouth, even a very tiny, single-purpose gift horse, I was immediately irritated that if I didn't already have a browser window open, googlizer chose to open a new Netscape 4.7 window instead of launching Mozilla, which is what I use daily. The problem, though, wasn't with googlizer. It's with gnome-moz-remote, which is one of those little programs you don't ever have to worry about if you're a "one browser window at a time" sort of person. On the other hand, the rest of us have probably noticed by now that the default browser icon on the GNOME desktop calls just this program to varying results with gnome-moz-remote --newwin"

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