2 adebar gui
Izzy edited this page 1 year ago

You might have noticed, there is no fancy user-friendly GUI to Adebar, everything is working via config files and command-line stuff. Sorry for that.

Second sorry for not promising there will be one – soon or at all. I lack the time to deal with that – and rather concentrate on adding new features, if I get some more ideas :)

Still, that doesn't necessarily mean there will be no GUI. You might provide one, for example: Adebar is open-source, and the code is available at Codeberg. So you can fork the project, play with it, add a GUI, and send a pull-request „upstream“ (to me, that is).

Suggestion for implementing a GUI

Browsing the code, you might have seen the main script is not simply called adebar, but adebar-cli. That was done incidentally, with a GUI pendant in mind – which should be named adebar-gui.

Interfacing with the CLI script shouldn't be a big deal. My "basic ideas" on how the GUI could work are:

  • Using a nice form, it asks the user for settings. It could provide means to read defaults from files and save them there (see the hints.md document on Configuration)
  • When the „Run“ button is pressed, it writes a temporary config file into the config/ directory, and passes its name to adebar-cli. When not using one of the user's explicitly stored configs (i.e. when using a „temporary file“), additionally to the options described the GUI defines the OUTDIR variable with what the user wanted it to be. So when „sourcing“ the config file, adebar-cli would be updated accordingly.
  • After adebar-cli is done, the „temporary config“ (if any) should be removed.

The GUI could capture STDOUT and STDERR from the CLI script to provide the user with feedback.

I possibly missed something here. If you find it, feel free to contact me: Of course I'm open to make adjustments, when needed, to help the GUI.

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