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InkBox

InkBox is an application that can either act as a complete replacement for Nickel (as an operating system). While it can be run as an add-on via NickelMenu, it isn't intended to be run that way.

More information is available in this thread and the GitHub repo.

What you need

If installing InkBox as an operating system

  • Ideally, a second microSD card
  • Sufficient hard drive space to make an image of your existing microSD card
  • SD card imaging software, like Etcher
  • The latest OS release of InkBox

If installing InkBox as an add-on

Unsupported

Pre-compiled binaries for InkBox as an add-on are out of date.

Installation (OS)

WIP

Updating InkBox

WIP

Removing InkBox

Switch back to your SD card that contains Nickel. If you've lost it, request an SD image.


Installation (add-on)

Warning

The InkBox archive contains both NickelMenu and KFMon, which you might already have installed. If you simply copy the contents of InkBox to the root of your Kobo (.adds, .kobo, InkBox, and kfmon.png), you will re-install NickelMenu and KFMon, as well as potentially mess with your NickelMenu and KFMon configurations. I would personally not recommend using this as an alternative to the one-click package because this package does not automatically stop the .adds folder from being scanned.

The installation process detailed here will install only InkBox, under the assumption that you already have a working NickelMenu / KFMon setup.

Duplicate file notice

InkBox contains files that are also used by Ultimate Manga Reader. These files should not be problematic as long as you merge the conflicting folders together (qt-linux-5.15.2-kobo).

Method 1: KFMon and OCP users

  1. Ensure your Kobo is powered on, then connect it to your computer
  2. You should be prompted to accept the connection on your Kobo. If so, click "Connect"
    • If your connection is cutting in/out, STOP! Get a better USB cable
  3. Extract inkbox-base-#.#.tar.xz
    • You should see inkbox-base-#.#.tar; double-click that to enter the contents of the archive
  4. Navigate to . and copy InkBox to the root of the Kobo
  5. Navigate to .adds and copy inkbox, Python-3.9.2, qt-linux-5.15.2-kobo, and kfmon to the .adds folder of your Kobo
    • If you've made modifications to your KFMon config that you do not want to overwrite, then only copy inkbox.ini in .adds -> kfmon -> config
  6. Safely eject your Kobo, then unplug it

Installation complete!

InkBox should now be accessible as a book on your home menu. For OCP users, it will also be accessible from NickelMenu.

Method 2: NickelMenu users

  1. Ensure your Kobo is powered on, then connect it to your computer
  2. You should be prompted to accept the connection on your Kobo. If so, click "Connect"
    • If your connection is cutting in/out, STOP! Get a better USB cable
  3. Extract inkbox-base-#.#.tar.xz
    • You should see inkbox-base-#.#.tar; double-click that to enter the contents of the archive
  4. Navigate to .adds and copy inkbox, Python-3.9.2, and qt-linux-5.15.2-kobo to the .adds folder on your Kobo
  5. Create a new file named inkbox in .adds -> nm, and paste the following contents:

    menu_item :main :InkBox :cmd_spawn :quiet:exec /mnt/onboard/.adds/inkbox/inkbox.sh
    
    • If you already have a centralized NickelMenu config file, then you can add this line to it
  6. Safely eject your Kobo, then unplug it

Installation complete!

InkBox should now be accessible via the top-left or bottom-right menus.

Updating InkBox (add-on)

WIP

Removing InkBox (add-on)

  1. Ensure your Kobo is powered on, then connect it to your computer
  2. Delete the inkbox and Python-3.9.2 folders from the .adds folder
    • You can delete qt-linux-5.15.2-kobo if you aren't also using it for Ultimate Manga Reader
  3. NickelMenu users: Delete inkbox from .adds -> nm
  4. KFMon users: Delete inkbox from the root of your Kobo
  5. Safely eject your Kobo, then unplug it

Removal complete!

InkBox has been removed from your device.

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