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Issues on Ubuntu
Thanks for the info Marc I have heard from others as well that mucommander works for file drag n' drop.

Have you been able to drag and drop web links into TheBrain at all? That is something I cannot get working. I have tried with Firefox and Chromium.  There is an older topic here that wasn't answered:


And it looks like it may have worked at some point as indicated by this Transitioning to TheBrain 7 Guide:


Page 13 says: "Drag and drop of files and URLs is supported in Linux"

I can't imagine that support would have been removed but I can't figure out how to get it to work (URLs specifically).

Here is my current workaround for pasting URLs in TheBrain:

1. Create bookmarklet with the below code to enable copying of the page title:


javascript:window.prompt("Copy to clipboard: Ctrl+C, Enter",document.title);

2. I use the Vimium extension for Chromium so I can quickly copy the page URL (yy) but you could also Ctrl+L, Ctrl+C and also to quickly navigate to the above bookmarklet.

Then to actually paste into TheBrain 

1. 'b' followed by "copy" to open the bookmarklet
2. Ctrl+C to copy the page title
3. Alt-tab to TheBrain and Ctrl+Shift+V to create child of current thought with Page Title in clipboard
4. Alt-tab to Chromium and 'yy' to copy page URL to clipboard
5. Alt-tab to TheBrain and Ctrl+Shift+V to paste URL as web link of current thought

Not exactly as quick as simply dragging and dropping but until that is supported in linux it's the best I could do!
Issues on Ubuntu

Thanks for posting your results. Two questions for you:

1) Are you able to get any copy/paste of rich text to work? (copy from just about any web page, paste into the notes field... are there garbage characters?) This is accompanied by a warning message in the console.

2) JRE9? I did not know this was even available... do you have a link to download/build instructions?
Issues on Ubuntu

Are you positive your test machine is Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS? I was concerned that my very minor font customizations to the system might have been a problem like you suggested so I reverted those changes back to the system default and have the same issues.

In addition I installed a brand new clean copy of Ubuntu 14.04 onto a VMware image, installed Oracle JRE 8 update 25, downloaded and installed The Brain. Created a test brain and have the same issues (no drag and drop functionality, foreign characters when pasting rich text). Nothing else was changed with the install.

I will submit a formal support ticket but I find it really surprising that you are not encountering any of these issues yourself.

Are there any other Ubuntu users out there that can comment?

edit update:

I tried a few different flavors of Java and got some results with the drag & drop. The pasting of text is broken still in all versions I tried.

Oracle Java 8 update 25: drag n' drop does NOT work
Oracle Java 7 update 71: drag n' drop DOES work. Sort of.  An exception is thrown when you drop the file and it also then hangs when you try to exit TheBrain (below).
OpenJDK 1.7.0_65: drag and drop DOES work with same issues as Oracle version.

Exception from drop:
54476 [Thread-58] ERROR com.thebrain.personal.d.l.l -
java.io.IOException: Permission denied
    at java.io.UnixFileSystem.createFileExclusively(Native Method)
    at java.io.File.createNewFile(Unknown Source)
    at com.thebrain.personal.d.l.l.H(qhd:0)

Exception after Ctrl-C because TheBrain hangs on quit:
186461 [AWT-EventQueue-0] INFO com.thebrain.personal.h.k - Shutdown stage 2
Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: null source
    at java.util.EventObject.<init>(EventObject.java:56)
    at java.awt.AWTEvent.<init>(AWTEvent.java:337)
    at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.<init>(InvocationEvent.java:285

Issues on Ubuntu
Hi Patrick,

Just wondering if you need any other information from me or if there is a place to file a formal support ticket -- would love to get this one figured out (the text/html thing).
Horizontal Tag Window Bug
I confirmed this only happens when I have TheBrain set to automatically sync. I don't watch it but I assume it happens after a sync (but not always). If I have it set to NOT sync I never see this issue.
Issues on Ubuntu
It is a standard installation of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as far as I know... a System76 laptop.

I have done customizations over the last couple of years like fonts and such but nothing that I would expect to cause issues like this.

Regardless, the message from the console about text/html not found surely can help us in figuring this out? It has a class name and everything to look at.
Issues on Ubuntu
I have been doing some investigating and have some more information for you. I thought this might be a mismatch of character encoding between the source (Firefox) and the JVM, so I played with forcing the JVM to use a particular encoding with -Dfile.encoding option. This didn't seem to fix anything, but I did notice the following output to the console when I pasted the text into a notes window:

208104 [AWT-EventQueue-0] WARN com.thebrain.personal.h.u - Not found: text/html

Also this is output several times during startup:

967 [main] ERROR com.thebrain.personal.view.bi - Failed to write US_ASCII version of pblang_ja.utf-8.properties - run as administrator to correctly setup this file.
1404 [main] ERROR com.thebrain.personal.view.bi - Failed to write US_ASCII version of pblang_ja.utf-8.properties - run as administrator to correctly setup this file.
1866 [main] ERROR com.thebrain.personal.view.bi - Failed to write US_ASCII version of pblang_ja.utf-8.properties - run as administrator to correctly setup this file.

Thinking this could be a permissions issue I tried opening my brain as root.  I don't know if the "Failed to write" messages were still there or not, but the "Not found: text/html" still appeared as soon as I tried to paste into the notes window and the text was still gibberish, so I think that is clue to focus on. Any insight you might have? Thanks --
Issues on Ubuntu
I'm not sure how much output.log is going to help. It hasn't been updated since Nov 19th it looks like. I can reproduce my issues but nothing changes in the output.log.  The two most concerning:

1) No drag and drop

2) No rich text copy & paste

Could you share your testing platform config? I would be curious to know what version of Ubuntu & Java you are running if you were able to successfully drag and drop into The Brain and do a rich text paste into the notes window.
Issues on Ubuntu

I was wondering if there is any update on these issues? My trial period is expired tomorrow and would like to know the likelihood of fixes in the near future. Thanks!
Horizontal Tag Window Bug
I have the same problem and it seems to happen after a sync.

OS: Ubuntu 14.04
Java: 1.8.0_25 64 bit
TheBrain: 8.0.13

Attached is a screenshot. Please let me know what other information you need to help debug this.

Also, I don't move this window around or change docking positions. It's always in the same spot.
Looks like it might be and old bug, see this.

Issues on Ubuntu
Hi Patrick,

Is there an update on the issues you needed to look into or is there a more appropriate place where I can track progress?

Another one I found: no ability to import bookmarks?
Issues on Ubuntu
I did find a semi-solution to #5 (remembering external applications) from this forum thread:


You can set up default applications which should do the trick, but it makes sense to me that the application should be able to remember your choice at the prompt and set this file up for you.
Issues on Ubuntu
Well although all the above issues still effect me I am encouraged by the speedy support attention given to this thread. Thanks for looking into it... I'm hoping you'll know more before my trial period is up (21 days). In the mean time I'll continue to explore --
Issues on Ubuntu
One more to add.. sync'ing with Google Calendar isn't working. I enter my login and password and the dialog just disappears. Nothing from Google gets sync'd and nothing from TheBrain goes the other way either.
Issues on Ubuntu
Hello and thanks for the replies.

1) Drag and drop: I use the default file manager with Ubuntu (which is called Nautilius). Drag and drop doesn't work. I did verify that I have the most recent update of Java from Oracle (Version 8 Update 25) and this is the version TheBrain is using.

2) I did try all options of the Paste Special.. they all produce output like the below. Only plain text pasting works:

Screenshot from 2014-11-27 11:44:02.png 

3) I don't see transparent mode on the menu?

Screenshot - 11272014 - 11:45:37 AM.png 

4) That's too bad... guess I'll see if I can live with a workaround.

5) I don't think that is the case -- I use many programs in linux that remember my choice of external applications. (e.g. Firefox remembers how to open a downloaded file - I only have to tell it once.)

6) AutoKey is a popular text expander software for linux. It captures your keyboard input and expands specified phrases. Works great everywhere I use it except in TheBrain.
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