~fkfd/utab

Minimalistic New Tab daemon for Web browsers
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You can also use your local clone with git send-email.

#uTab

#What

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uTab ([UuΜµ]{TAB|Tab|tab}, pronounced you-tab, mu-tab, or microtab) is a New Tab daemon that runs on localhost to satisy your desire for cross-browser consistency of New Tabs. To enable it, read on.

#Why

I hopped from Firefox to Falkon (KDE's browser) a while ago. It doesn't offer many choices as to a new tab. The default home page is not useful, and the speed dial is buggy and slow. I miss the "Top Sites" in Firefox, which manifests your most frequently visited sites in a 8*4 matrix. So I made this.

#How

Reluctant to squat on precious four-letter PyPI namespace, I did not upload utab to it, lest someone should foster a much better clone. Anyways, using this version of utab doesn't involve significantly more work than doing pip install.

#Installation

Assuming python == python3.6 or higher:

  1. Fetch source: git clone https://git.sr.ht/~fkfd/utab
  2. Install: cd utab && python setup.py install (will install deps. append --user if desired.)

#Configs and Data

These are in your user data dir. For Linux, this is typically ~user/.local/share/utab/.

What is in the dir? On default, these:

utab/
    css/
        index.css
    icons/
        home.svg
        pencil.svg
        plus.svg
    config.yml
    index.html
    site.html
    sites.csv

After due consideration, I picked whichever file format I considered most efficient to write, by machine and by hand. Let's explain some of the files.

#config.yml
columns: 8
rows: 4
engines:
  keyword:
    url: https://search.engine/?q={{query}}
  # example
  ddg:
    url: https://duckduckgo.com/?q={{query}}
  wk:
    url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/{{query}}
default_engine: keyword
  • column/row: Ezpz. Layout for your grid.
  • engines/default_engine: An index of your search engines plus a default pointer. To use, type /keyword query into the search bar, e.g. /wk HTTP will search for HTTP on English Wikipedia.
#sites.csv
URL Title Favicon src Visits
site URL, mandated site title, optional URL or base64, optional integer, used to rank sites from highest to lowest

Example:

https://en.wikipedia.org,English Wikipedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/static/favicon/wikipedia.ico,3
#*.html

DST (Dead Simple Template) files[1]. Anything wrapped in % are injected with dynamic data, such as site headings.

#icons/*.svg

Icons from open-iconic. MIT License.

To change color, open them in a text editor (inkscape et al. will spew metadata all over the file). Modify fill:#ffffff to any other color in the style attribute of <path>.

#Running

To run it inside the command line, run python -m utab. It will start running as a daemon, on port 64366. To start it on startup, consider putting it in .profile or something. Then head to your web browser and switch the home page to http://localhost:64366.

#Updating

  1. Make sure your working tree isn't polluted. Try applying git stash or moving your changes to another branch. In extreme cases, consult xkcd #1597.
  2. Pull source: git pull
  3. Install new version: python setup.py install
  4. Your configs and data will remain untouched if they exist in your data dir. If you wish, you can copy some of them from utab/data/ and overwrite the old ones. Alternatively, do a backup for your sites.csv, completely overwrite, then move that back in.

#Known Defects

  • The grid doesn't align if there is an odd-numbered amount of cells on the last row when your grid width is even, and vice versa. Instead, they are centered.
  • When you set title of a site too long, it will break into multiple lines and the cell will misalign (shift upward).
  • The favicons are cached, or they are not. In the latter case, additional traffic cost may be induced.
  • The CSS I wrote is the best exemplification of "it works on my machine".
  • There are small <a> artifacts below the svg icons in the bottom.

Two short purple lines each between two icons, each 4px wide

#Contributing

There are three ways to contribute. One is bug reports in the provided scope. If so, contact fkfd at macaw dot me. Another is feature requests. If I'm interested, I may spin up a mailing list and we collaborate. Then there's forking. This is the preferred method if you are to introduce a lot of changes. Configurability is limited by design in my version of utab, to make codebase lightweight. Fork this project and do whatever 0BSD allows (i.e. anything). Thank you.

#Usable Technology Certificate

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This is a piece of Usable Technology. It supports the philosophy that fewer restrictions should be imposed on individual developers, thereby maximizing the community value. It doesn't spoil anyone's fun, because 99% of the time it's another innocent person rather than an evil corp.

License: 0BSD Copyright: nope Forks: welcome; features intentionally lacking to encourage them. If you have a fork, contact me so I can add it here.

[1] Don't bother looking it up. There ain't such a thing.