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Old 10-26-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Smile Python + PyGTK for Kindle Touch and Paperwhite

Hi,

I couldn't find already packaged PyGTK for Kindle, so I decided to do it on my own. And I've just got PyGTK running on my Paperwhite.

I've used latest Debian sid armel packages. There is GTK+ provided (and few others) despite of Kindle having its own version - I was too lazy to recompile everything to fix missing symbols issues.

All symlinks and hard links in package are dereferenced, which means that it can be safely unpacked on /mnt/us, but it also means that there are copies instead of links and they take more space.

Download: http://dosowisko.net/kindle/python.tar.gz

Usage:

Unpack python.tar.gz package in /mnt/us/extensions (or if you're in USB disk mode - in /extensions). If you really want to, you can place it somewhere else, but you'll need to tweak paths in pythonenv file.

You can setup environment with ". pythonenv" command. After that you can just call "python", or run python files just like any other executable. There are test files bundled - type "python demos/gtk-test.py" to run one.

(please note that windows have to have proper X11 class names in order to be correctly displayed by Awesome - refer to http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...hp?t=162022#10 for more info)

It probably won't work on any other Kindle than Paperwhite, but you can still try (update: thanks to twobob we now know that it works on Touch too )

Cheers

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Kindle 5.

result okay

I DID have to move my previous install of python out of the path.

note to others:
If you get...
Quote:
[root@kindle python]# ./test.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./test.py", line 5, in <module>
import pygtk
ImportError: No module named pygtk
(you probably already have a python install.)
[root@kindle python]# strace -fF -o /mnt/us/pyGTKstrace.txt ./test.py revealed my other ones location.

Code:
5451  getuid32()                        = 0
5451  execve("/mnt/us/usr/bin/python", ["python", "./test.py"], [/* 25 vars */]) = 0
5451  brk(0)                            = 0x11000
A quick mv to another name or unpathed folder will fix that up.

Thanks for the funky toy

EDIT:

I also amended the pythonenv to be a bit more forgiving since we are sourcing it to the main shell.

(with whitespace for clarity, obviously make it valid)

Quote:
#!/bin/sh
export PYTHONPATH=/mnt/us/extensions/python/usr/lib/python2.7/

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/mnt/us/extensions/python/usr/lib:\
/mnt/us/extensions/python/usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabi:\
/mnt/us/extensions/python/lib/arm-linux-gnueabi:\
$LD_LIBRARY_PATH

export PATH=/mnt/us/extensions/python/usr/bin/:$PATH
(if it had pre-pended the $path initially it would have overridden my less local python)
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:44 AM   #3
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Kindle 5.

result okay
Yay! Updated topic name to reflect it (update: didn't work I guess only mods can do that.)

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I also amended the pythonenv to be a bit more forgiving since we are sourcing it to the main shell.
Thanks, I've updated package to contain your changes
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Yay! Updated topic name to reflect it (update: didn't work I guess only mods can do that.)



Thanks, I've updated package to contain your changes
The way to do that, is to navigate to your first post of the thread, use the "report post" button, request in the text box for the name change.
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PyWebKitGtk? Does this support glade?
Those two would be a dream, as I could have quiet a few apps ported...
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I've just uploaded updated version with python-glade included, enjoy

Unfortunately, PyWebkitGTK is a bit problematic. Package with it takes much more space (about 50MB unpacked without, and about 150MB with webkit) and programs using it segfault as soon as some page is loaded. It's not included in the package, buuuut...

...I've created python script for creating Python package for Kindle You can specify which Debian packages you want to have included and generate such package by yourself - so if you want to test and/or debug webkit, you can use it. I've already listed all needed dependencies in the script, so you just have to uncomment proper line.

Script is available at http://dosowisko.net/kindle/build-python.py
(it needs unix-like userspace, so on Windows you'll need something like Cygwin)

TODO list:
- integrate on-screen keyboard with PyGTK
- menus don't work, probably Awesome configuration is breaking them somehow
- investigate why webkit segfaults

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Nice! I could do without webkit for now. Am working on an mplayer gui. I hope I can finish it this time
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well did you ever get this done?

I could use a few tips...
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Could anyone tell me how to use this? i extracted python.tar.gz to the extensions folder on my KT, but how do i use it on the kindle? (for reference, the file in the extensions folder is python.tar)
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right...

need to untar that also mate

are you a windows user then?
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ahh, yes a windows user ;D i did un-tar it, and put it in extensions, but then nothing Oo
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well. what did you expect it do?

Did you build something from the demos folder and run it?

need more info as to YOUR actual steps... it does "nothing" on its own...
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hmmm maybe ive got this all wrong. i was sort of expecting a app where i could run py files? or possible make/edit them? im sorry im bad at this
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no worries mate. I did much the same..

like I said in http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...52&postcount=2

look for the test.py in the subfolder (it's in there) that will get you started. you can check my notes.

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