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Old 09-24-2020, 11:13 PM   #1
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Instructions for patching firmware 4.24.15676

This patch thread is for firmware 4.24.15676 (6d5b40694352d819d02f75284a96145c93315ae7):

Instructions for patching on Windows, Linux, or macOS with kobopatch:
  1. Download the Kobo firmware release
    You can find the download links here here.
  2. Download and extract the patch zip
    Download and unzip kobopatch_4.24.15676.zip from here.
  3. Copy the firmware file to the src folder
    Copy the original firmware you just downloaded into the kobopatch src folder.
  4. Install the firmware if needed
    Install the firmware on your kobo BEFORE proceeding with the next steps. You can do this by extracting the contents of the firmware zip into the .kobo folder and ejecting.
  5. Choose your patches from the files in the src folder
    Enable patches in the files in the src folder (or use the overrides in kobopatch.yaml to keep your options separate).
  6. Run kobopatch
    Double-click kobopatch.bat on Windows, or run ./kobopatch.sh on Linux or macOS. On macOS, you can drag it into the terminal and press enter (you may need to go to System Preferences - Security and Privacy - General to confirm that you actually want to run it).
  7. Install the patches by copying KoboRoot.tgz into the .kobo folder of your device
    If the patching succeeded, a file named KoboRoot.tgz will be created in the out folder. Copy it to the .kobo folder of your device. Safely remove your device once you are finished. On Linux, you may have to press Ctrl+H to show the .kobo folder.
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Old 09-24-2020, 11:13 PM   #2
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Changes to the kobopatch zip:
v69 (2020-11-10): Fixes for "Dictionary text font-family/font-size/line-height" (jackie_w).
v68 (2020-09-24): Initial release for 4.24.15676.

Missing patches:
- None!

Notes about this firmware version:
- This firmware version is identical to 4.24.15672 other than some minor fixes.
- See the next post.

New patches in this version:
- See the next post.

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Old 09-24-2020, 11:14 PM   #3
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From 4.24.15672:

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Originally Posted by geek1011 View Post
Changes to the kobopatch zip:
v67 (2020-09-24): Initial release for 4.24.15672.

Missing patches:
- None!

Notes about this firmware version:
- Custom dictionaries are now properly supported by the firmware (the "Extra: " space bug and the override bugs have been fixed).
- I (geek1011) will be updating dictutil for the major dictionary changes made in this release later this week.
- See here for some more general information about this release.
- See here for information about the dictionary changes in this version.

New patches in this version:
- geek1011: Change TOC level indentation

Notes about patches in this version:
- See here: https://github.com/pgaskin/kobopatch...s/releases/v67.

Removed patches in this version:
- GeoffR: Allow searches on Extra dictionaries (not needed anymore, see the notes above)
- geek1011: Increase TOC level indentation (fix is now included in the firmware)
- geek1011: Increase TOC level indentation and fix extra indentation bug (fix is now included in the firmware)
- geek1011: Increase page navigation history (the firmware has changed too much, I might rewrite this from scratch later)

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Old 09-24-2020, 11:52 PM   #4
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Old 09-25-2020, 02:49 AM   #5
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Old 09-25-2020, 09:39 AM   #6
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As fw 4.24.15672 was so short-lived I should probably repeat my previous message here:

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Attention users of patch Dictionary text font-family/font-size/line-height in libnickel.so.1.0.0.yaml ...

Please note that I needed to make some changes because of dictionary code Kobo have added/removed - presumably related to the new dictonaries they are due to release in October.

If you have a saved customised version of this patch you will need to update it.

The fix should work for now but it may well need to be updated again once I have seen the new dictionaries.
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Old 09-25-2020, 11:32 AM   #7
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Old 09-25-2020, 09:52 PM   #8
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Old 09-26-2020, 11:52 AM   #9
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Thank you very much! You are fast as lightning!

Now having installed and patched a new firmware yesterday and an ever newer firmware today I do feel like a seasoned patcher
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Old 09-26-2020, 01:41 PM   #10
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Is there any way or any possibility of removing "Discover" from the bottom of the new home screen?
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Old 09-26-2020, 02:33 PM   #11
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Is there any way or any possibility of removing "Discover" from the bottom of the new home screen?
Do you mean the label "Discover" or do you mean the whole button?

The former might be possible (I haven't looked) but the latter may pi$$ off Kobo (because it's a route to the Kobo store) so is less likely to be created as a patch, even if it was possible.
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Ripplinger. Just a thought but, it might be possible to down grade to a previous version.

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Do you mean the label "Discover" or do you mean the whole button?

The former might be possible (I haven't looked) but the latter may pi$$ off Kobo (because it's a route to the Kobo store) so is less likely to be created as a patch, even if it was possible.
I'd settle for just the label being gone, but that would mean moving the hamburger "More" label over as well. Probably too much of a hassle if very few people would use it. Discover is something I'd never use, I don't remember the last time I bought a book from Kobo actually, most have been from Amazon lately. But I never purchase any book directly through a reader, I prefer to keep them all in one spot on my PC so only purchase through the PC and sideload them to the readers. Which also has the advantage of being able to leave wifi off so never being surprised by new firmware, also uses less battery never syncing.

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Ripplinger. Just a thought but, it might be possible to down grade to a previous version.
I've been staying on 4.20.14622, just before the newest homescreen change, but I wanted to give the newest firmware a good try though with the new dictionaries.

I remember being able to hide all the clutter from the old hamburger menu at the top left of the old homescreen (DropBox, Pocket, Store, Wishlist and Activity) so had the idea it was pretty much in the same category to be rid of things you never use. And since I use the Miniclock add-on, moving the "More" label where "Discover" currently is makes perfect room for where I position the clock.
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I remember being able to hide all the clutter from the old hamburger menu at the top left of the old homescreen (DropBox, Pocket, Store, Wishlist and Activity) so had the idea it was pretty much in the same category to be rid of things you never use. And since I use the Miniclock add-on, moving the "More" label where "Discover" currently is makes perfect room for where I position the clock.
I had a similar issue myself with the new Navbutton labels being in the way of MiniClock in the bottom right corner.

It's solved now with @geek1011's latest (experimental, not yet released) version of NickelMenu but, before that was an option, I made a quick and dirty patch for nickel.yaml which caused all 4 Navbutton labels to be displayed white-on-white, i.e. "invisible labels". You would still see the 4 icons. I could post that here if it would be of any use to you?
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Another vote here for removal of "Discover"!
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