New Diodon release and how to disable unity lens or indicator

After a testing phase of two weeks and fixing the rough edges a new release 0.4.0 of Diodon is now available in the stable ppa.

So if you want to get the new version with its new Unity Lens up and running, here are the commands to install it:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diodon-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install diodon

During the testing phase the question came up whether there is a way to disable the Unity Lens and/or indicator?
Firstly, I have to say currently there is no easy way to disable such. In the future, a plugin system is planned where each feature such as the indicator or unity lens can be installed independently. However for now there is a workaround.

If you want to disable the Unity Lens you can simply remove the file diodon.place with the following command:
sudo rm /usr/share/unity/places/diodon.place

Logout and login again and the Unity Lens should have disappeared. Note when a new version of diodon is installed, you might have to redo this step.

There is also a way to disable the Diodon indicator by changing the gconf setting /apps/diodon/show_indicator:

  • Press Alt+F2
  • run gconf-editor
  • browse to /apps/diodon
  • disable show_indicator

The indicator should disappear straight away.
If desired you can even disable indicator and unity lens. Diodon can than still be used with the hotkey Ctrl+Alt+V.