4 cool new projects to try in COPR for February

COPR is a collection of personal repositories for software that isn’t carried in Fedora. Some software doesn’t conform to standards that allow easy packaging. Or it may not meet other Fedora standards, despite being free and open source. COPR can offer these projects outside the Fedora set of packages. Software in COPR isn’t supported by Fedora infrastructure or signed by the project. However, it can be a neat way to try new or experimental software.

Here’s a set of new and interesting projects in COPR.

SWFTools

SWFTools is a set of command-line tools to manipulate and generate SWF files. It also contains programs to read or combine SWF files, or create them from other content such as image, video, audio, or source code files. In addition, SWFTools can extract content from existing SWF files.

Installation instructions

The repo currently provides SWFTools for EPEL 6 and 7, and for Fedora 26, 27, and Rawhide. To install SWFTools, use these commands:

sudo dnf copr enable scx/swftools
sudo dnf install swftools

SolveSpace

SolveSpace is a lightweight parametric 2D and 3D CAD modeling program. It includes an advanced geometric constraint solver. SolveSpace makes use of the model assembly easy, and it can manipulate the model dynamically. It also exports models to STL, DXF, PDF and SVG files, among many other functions. In addition, there are many tutorials for SolveSpace available.

Installation instructions

The repo currently provides SolveSpace for Fedora 26, 27, and Rawhide. To install SolveSpace, use these commands:

sudo dnf copr enable dschubert/solvespace
sudo dnf install solvespace

Restic

Restic is a backup program that aims to be fast, efficient, and secure. It stores data as deduplicated snapshots, which allows you to restore to a state from a specific time. Restic also supports multiple local and remote storage back ends. In addition, it assumes the backup storage location is shared, so it always uses encryption.

Installation instructions

The repo currently provides Restic for EPEL 7, and for Fedora 26, 27, and Rawhide. To install Restic, use these commands:

sudo dnf copr enable copart/restic
sudo dnf install restic

Polo

Polo is a file manager that supports multiple panes, each with multiple tabs and an embedded terminal. Polo offers many features such as:

  • Session support
  • A device manager that works with LUKS encrypted devices
  • Ability to create archives using multiple formats
  • Browser for archives as though they were normal folders
  • Full set of configuration options

Installation instructions

The repo currently provides Polo for Fedora 26, 27, and Rawhide. To install Polo, use these commands:

sudo dnf copr enable grturner/Polo
sudo dnf install polo
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11 Comments

  1. Max

    I tried installing Polo , but DNF errored out. Polo requires

    gvfs-backends

    , which nothing can provide. This is on a F27 install.

    • Indeed, this looks like a problem in the Polo COPR. For now, I would advise waiting to install this particular COPR and package. The project looks very cool, though.

      For those very intrepid readers, you could try rebuilding this package yourself, removing “gvfs-bin” and “gvfs-backends” from the Requires in the polo.spec file provided in the COPR build backend. I just did it and the package will work once those fixes are made.

      If you aren’t familiar with RPM building or what all this means, please don’t use this comment section to explore that. 🙂 I’ll contact the COPR owner to see if he can fix this.

    • Stu

      Tried this today and it appears to work (F27 also). Polo is cool 🙂

  2. Ramender

    Polo failed on f27. DNF could not find gvfs-backends

  3. Brian Read

    I also got the same result (F27)

    see here:

    https://github.com/teejee2008/polo/issues/171

    • @Brian: Unfortunately that issue shouldn’t have been filed against the upstream developer’s code, since it has nothing to do with the COPR packaging. I left a comment to that effect. I also contacted the COPR owner with a potential fix for the package. Let’s see if that helps.

  4. Danniello

    About file managers I think that one of the best is Double Commander. It is multi-platform so I could use the same file manager in work (Windows) and in home (Fedora host and Windows VMs:). Unfortunately it is not available in official Fedora or rpmfusion.org repo because of some compiling dependency hell with FPC and Lazarus requirements…
    https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1208911

    https://copr.fedorainfracloud.org/coprs/vondruch/doublecmd/
    https://software.opensuse.org/download.html?project=home%3AAlexx2000&package=doublecmd-gtk

  5. ookany

    is possible to add non free repo to fedora? is any ?

  6. Patrick

    Polo is the file manager is was looking for! This developer definitely deserves a donation. Curious to see what the plugins do. Great job!

  7. Andre Gompel

    Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:16 ago on Mon 05 Mar 2018 10:11:53 PM PST.
    Error:
    Problem: conflicting requests
    – nothing provides gvfs-backends needed by polo-18-1_beta.fc26.x86_64
    – nothing provides rclone needed by polo-18-2_beta.fc26.x86_64

    Problem seems to linger, any suggestion on how to install polo ?

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