After more than a year of hibernation, the last two weeks have seen a greatly increased amount of work dedicated to weltschmerz. The initial impetus to pick up on development came after a whole bunch of contributions and bug reports from a new user, nortti. Thanks a lot for those and for jump-starting further work on the project!
Read on to take a look at noteworthy changes and all the new features, or head on over to the project page to get 1.4.0 right away.
Controlling cursor blinking
The first feature nortti
proposed and implemented
is the new
cursor_blink setting. Modifying cursor blink behaviour was not
possible before; weltschmerz simply relied on GTK’s default setting of
This falls back to whatever is set for
which in almost all cases1 will be
Now users may enable or disable cursor blinking within weltschmerz. The default
SYSTEM which means that there is nothing to do if
the current behaviour already works for you.
they made is the incredibly handy Open terminal feature. Similar to
this feature leverages
OSC 7 support2 to open a new instance of weltschmerz in
the current directory. This is bound to
Ctrl+Shift+T for quick and easy access.
Up until now, weltschmerz only populated the
CLIPBOARD selection when copying
URLs to the clipboard via the Copy URL context menu entry. Since all other
copy operations set the
PRIMARY selection as well,
1.4.0 changes this.
Now, Copy URL populates both
PRIMARY, making weltschmerz
behave like other GTK and QT apps3.
A handful of bugfixes
weltschmerz now has a minimum size of 28 × 3 cells, reports its window geometry correctly at all times, and always draws the scrollbar if the user or distribution turns overlay scrolling off. The latter may seem inconsequential, but the journey to the fix was a very long and arduous one.
I’ve written about these changes extensively in the relevant commit messages here, here, and here. Definitely check those out if you are a fan of weird issues and possibly even weirder workarounds.
Finally, I’m glad to announce that weltschmerz is now translatable! The 1.4.0 release comes with a German and a Finnish translation of the program, excluding the manual (a bigger effort, and I did not want to drag 1.4.0 out even further4).
This introduces gettext as new dependency. In almost all cases it should already be installed since it is the de-facto standard for translations in GNOME and GNU-adjacent projects.
If your language is missing and you want to contribute, have a look at the
TRANSLATE file in the
Closing & Thanks
That’s it for this release. Thanks a lot again to nortti for all their contributions and for providing valuable feedback throughout the entire 1.4.0 development process!
NEWS for the full set
of changes, and
for all relevant commits.
I’d love to hear from you if your distribution disables blinking cursors by default. ↩