13 responses to “Software Log Viewer”

  1. cosimoc

    Nice! Maybe you should make it so that the horizontal scroll bar isn’t so wide; users don’t like ti scroll horizontally that much.

  2. waby38

    Excellent! I like!

    What did you think about adding something like “remove” button when we have “Installed packages” entry (or a rigth click option to the list)
    => it can be nice to remove a package + dependency with a single click

  3. iain

    Remove most of the columns, and pretty print all the information in one column using bold for the important info and smaller fonts for the less important information

    [b]Removed Packages[/b]: Packagekit-gstreamer-plugin\n
    [small](01 October 2008[/small]

    Is the time taken in anyway useful to know…”oh look 3 weeks ago it took 4 seconds to install packageX”?

    If you install a lot of packages, the table gets very cluttered and wide as your shot shows. Maybe don’t mention details in the table, but have a “Show Details” button instead that opens a dialog showing the specific details.

  4. Ismael Juma

    I was just thinking that I could make use of something like this for something that recently broke, nice. :)

    Having said that, I agree that things like duration are not important enough to be included in the main table.


  5. jegHegy

    That’s awesome.

  6. iain

    Are the headers needed?
    I mean, its obvious what the columns are and do you really need to sort on anything other than date?

  7. Scott Tsai

    Add a way to show the first few lines of “rpmquery –changelog”

  8. J.B. Nicholson-Owens

    Given the interface above, how does one rollback to a particular state as described in the use case (“(for backends that support rollback) Take me to the snapshot before I installed XFCE”)?

    This sounds useful but it’s not at all obvious from that interface.

    If one has to right-click to reveal a “rollback” menu choice, might I suggest a button (which is clickable when one selects a package and only if the current backend supports rollback) instead? My experience with novice GUI users is that right-clicking is almost always news, not something users think to do.

    Thanks for all your work on this project.

  9. Mats Taraldsvik


    Perhaps a | installed | removed | updated | all | combobox could be added to the filter, if you e.g want to see what packages you have installed and removed manually, for bugreports, dependencies etc. ?

  10. oliver

    Looks great!

    Some minor improvement (?) suggestions:
    – as Scott said: changelog would be nice to have (not sure if PK supports this, though)
    – maybe the timestamps should be displayed as relative dates (“yesterday”, “3 weeks ago”…)? I’d like that better than the usual absolute format, but see two points to think about: a) sometimes people want to see the absolute date – maybe display it as tooltip? b) what happens if the window is left open over night – for correctness, the relative dates would have to be adjusted, which might be lots of work for a very rare event…
    – nice hidden feature: it would be nice to be able to copy the contents of a row (Ctrl+c, or maybe a context menu entry?); most people won’t notice or need this feature, but _if_ somebody needs it, he will curse PK under his breath while typing the contents manually ;-)
    – the filter button should have an icon; or maybe there shouldn’t be a button at all (like in Rhythmbox)? Didn’t find anything about this in Gnome HIG, unfortunately (anyone knows how to submit topic suggestions for that document, btw?)

    All in all, great work!

  11. peder

    That’s great! I want it! :D

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