Nikki 0.19.1: awesomeness won't stop

Given it’s Ramadan and we have some spare time at the end of the day, I’m getting the chance to be quite active with the development of Nikki.

If you are new to nikki, you might want to read this introductory post I wrote a while ago.

I figured out the best way to document these changes, besides writing a blog post, would be to document them with Github issues and by beefing up the README — so you should definitely have a look there.

What’s new?

The biggest change is that you are now gonna be running nikki as a detached process: once you start nikki you will see it running on port 9123 (by default) and you will be able to stop it with a simple nikki --stop; to check whether nikki is running simply run a nikki --status.

This change was made possible using node’s spawning capabilities and dnode, which lets you implement RPC in NodeJS: once you start nikki the main process spawns itself, the spawned one listens on 9124 for signals and the main process ends; when we issue nikki --stop we will just be sending a shutdown signal to the spawned nikki process through an RPC call.

Other changes?

What’s fixed?

How to get all these changes?

As simple as running an npm install -g nikki if this is the first time you hear about it: for the ones who already have it installed on their systems simply run a npm update -g nikki.

Then open a terminal, type nikki and let the show begin!

What’s next?

I will be implementing filesystem operations in these days (delete / create files and folders) and probably refactor some of the key frontend components, like the keyboard shortcuts.

Keep an eye on the github project and let me know your feedback!

In the mood for some more reading?

...or check the archives.