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Hain Comments

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Comment by Anamon
about Hain and Spotlight · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful

It looks like a very nice tool and handles beautifully. However, the internal package manager used to install plugins seems to be broken. I can't list, find, or install any packages, because it gets stuck at "Please wait, fetching available packagesā€¦". The repository seems to be up, so it seems to be the plugin's fault.

While packages can be downloaded from a browser, there are no installation instructions whatsoever (apart from the package manager method which is broken, of course). I tried copying or extracting the downloaded plugin archives in various folders that the application sets up, restarting it after each attempt, but I couldn't get any plugins to load. So, from what it seems like to me, Hain is currently limited to the functionality that comes pre-packaged with it. That might be fine if all you're looking for is an app launcher or "Spotlight" replacement, but it's a pity that the many nice-looking add-ons won't budge.

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