Package Details: google-chat-linux-git 0.4.5-1

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Package Base: google-chat-linux-git
Description: Unofficial electron-based desktop client for Google Chat, electron included
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Licenses: WTFPL
Conflicts: google-chat-linux-electron7-git
Submitter: squalou
Maintainer: squalou
Last Packager: squalou
Votes: 4
Popularity: 0.000795
First Submitted: 2018-06-17 22:01
Last Updated: 2020-04-15 10:05

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squalou commented on 2020-04-15 09:34

No doubt you're right. I still have old-man reflex sometimes. (when I look at flatpak and son on ... it sure is a sensical trend)

Anyway : glad that it works

pioneer commented on 2020-04-13 17:27

Kind of stupid, yes, but HDDs are cheap nowadays, but the happiness of smooth use of an app is not that cheap though. Happiness is always precious. I'd prefer to have something 200M+ and working, be happy with it and then think on a better solution in a calm and relaxed way.

squalou commented on 2020-04-13 17:22

Great to hear it ! I thought about the 'conflicts' way after I pushed it... gonna add it right away.

I used to rely on a system-wide electron install as a dependency, but it's a nightmare to maintain, with fast paced incompatible versions. Electron IMHO is ... not something I'd like to see around... but it's here.

I now understand why everybody packages everything all together, even if it's stupid to deliver 200M+ packages for 150k of js code :)

pioneer commented on 2020-04-13 12:09

@squalou Awesome, google-chat-linux-electron7-git works perfectly! I was under a wrong impression that electron is a system-wide dependency so that it couldn't be bundled along with an app. Anyway, thanks a lot, the only thing I would like to have is to add conflicts=('google-chat-linux-git') to the PKGBUILD of google-chat-linux-electron7-git.

squalou commented on 2020-04-13 10:25

@pioneer : you can try to install google-chat-linux-electron7-git

it way work for you

squalou commented on 2020-04-13 09:37


It will work with Gnome, but ... I peronnaly prefer cinnamon over gnome myslef :) so I couldn't recommend that move. (even if I always end up using xfce, anyway)

I bet whatsapp and others use other embedded electron versions.

The issue comes from electron8 ( see here )

What you can do is downgrade to electron 7. It is not that complicated, really. (locate package.json, replace "electron": "^8.0.0" by "electron": "^7.0.0", see README in upstream repo for build instructions)

If I manage it, I may publish an electron7 packaging of this

pioneer commented on 2020-04-01 17:49

Any chance to get another way of seeing if there was a new message in Google Chat? Well, I don't know exactly what can be done, but my Whatsapp app blinks on a new message in the panel in Cinnamon (and it has a tray icon as well, but looks like it's not an option here anymore). Maybe a panel icon can change its color, or a small number of new messages can be drawn upon the icon in the panel? I'm thinking of switching to Gnome from Cinnamon if that helps, maybe Gnome has better facilities for what I'm asking?

squalou commented on 2019-11-09 21:25

Repackaged project, slightly cleaner and smaller. (close to the debian package).

Build was broken for an hour or two, sorry 'bout that

squalou commented on 2019-11-08 14:13

Finally ...

  • removing the "systray color change" on message receive, this is what breaks Ctrl K
  • adding a nifty custom theme as a compensation

squalou commented on 2019-11-07 22:18

About Ctrl K : it's broken due to "NodeIntegration : true"

which in turn is required to make systray icon color change... I give up. electron, node, js, all this is a fragile piece of crap imho. Blame google for not releasing a proper app, as if they could not. (windows and mac ARE electron based)