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gdesklets: provides an advanced architecture for desktop applets
gDesklets - provides an advanced architecture for desktop applets
SYNOPSISgdesklets open [ display ]
DESCRIPTIONgDesklets provides an advanced architecture for desktop applets -- tiny displays sitting on your desktop in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and usefulness.
Populate your desktop with status meters, icon bars, weather sensors, news tickers... whatever you can imagine! Virtually anything is possible and maybe even available some day.
FIRST STARTYou can find an entry in the GNOME menu after a successful installation. This will start the gDesklets Shell where you can install and run desktop applets. When you log out or quit 'gDesklets', the settings will be remembered for the next session.
COMMAND LINE TOOLThe command line tool gdesklets lets you perform all administration tasks from the command line.
Display files can be opened using
$ gdesklets open <displayfile>
If the gdesklets-daemon wasn't running, this will start up the daemon as well. You can only have one daemon per X-display. The daemon can be stopped again by calling
$ gdesklets stop
Usage of the command line frontend:
gdesklets [option] <command> [arguments...]
GDESKLETS-SHELLThe shell is a graphical frontend for managing your desklets. You can start it either by selecting it from the GNOME menu (Accessories -> gDesklets), by selecting it from the tray icon popup menu, or by calling:
$ gdesklets shell
The shell currently lets you create and switch between profiles, install new desklets and search for desklets. New desklets can be installed by dragging links from your web browser or files from the file manager into its window, or by selecting the menu item "File -> Install package...".
Displays (as we call the applets) will usually appear in the top left corner of your screen when you first run them. You can move displays around by pressing and holding down the middle mouse button. 'gDesklets' will remember the new position of the display for the future.
USAGEIf you press the right mouse button over a display, a popup menu will open. It depends on the display what you will see there, but the following items are always available:
- Configure desklet
- Opens the configuration dialog for this display. It depends on the display what you can configure.
- Move desklet
- Attaches desklet to cursor for moving it around. Click to release it.
- View Source
- Lets you view the desklet's source file (.display).
- Restart desklet
- Restarts this display. This menu item is mainly for sensor debugging.
- Remove desklet
- Removes this display from your desktop.
- Lets you view desklet's "About" information, license and readme file.
LOGFILEThe gdesklets-daemon writes a log file. That file can be found in ~/.gdesklets/logs/gdesklets<display>.log where <display> is the name of the X-Display.
You can select the item View log in the popup menu of the tray icon to view the log messages.
SUPPORTED WINDOW MANAGERSIn order to run on as many desktops as possible, gDesklets relies on the EWMH specification from freedesktop.org. This specification is respected among many window managers. We currently know of the following EWMH compliant window managers:
- * metacity
- * xfwm4
- * openbox
- * enlightenment (>= 0.16.6)
- * fvwm (2.5.x, see http://www.fvwm.org/features.php)
- * sawfish
- * kwin
- * evilwm
- * fluxbox (recent versions)
- * waimea
* ...and certainly some others which we forgot here.
have to wait until an issue in bugzilla is fixed. gDesklets itself shouldn't leak. We've checked the relevant C code to make sure of that.
At startup the program claims approximately 16 MB of RAM. In the future we're going to decrease that number. Some people in the GNOME and GTK+ community are also addressing these problems at a lower level (gtk+ and gnome libraries). gDesklets will automatically benefit from these efforts.
COMMUNITYThe site 'http://www.gdesklets.de' is the place where you can get new desklets or upload your own creations for sharing them with other users.
Discussion and Help http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/gdesklets-list
gDesklets Developer's Book (for developing on the gDesklets platform) http://develbook.gdesklets.de
A printed reference in German language is available from 'Software & Support Verlag GmbH'. The book 'Exploring Python' covers desklet development on 34 pages.
You can meet the 'gDesklets' developers and other fans on the IRC channel #gdesklets on GIMPnet (irc.gimp.org).
AUTHORgDesklets was written by
THANKSI'd like to thank all people who supported (and are still supporting) me so well with 'gDesklets'. Please complain if I forgot you... ;)
BUGSIf you encounter bugs which are not listed here, please post a bug report at https://launchpad.net/gdesklets/+filebug for gDesklets. Please don't report useless bug reports, like "gDesklets crashes" without checking the log file first, because that doesn't tell us much. Also make sure, that you have all the necessary dependencies installed.
If the log says: "ImportError: No module named X" then you clearly don't have the python module "X" installed on your system. We are going to close useless bug reports immediately(!), so please save your time and ours and be smart!
LICENCE AND DISCLAIMER
This software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTIBILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the file 'COPYING' for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this software; if not, write to the
Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 390, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA
This software is provided "as is" and the author is not and cannot be made responsible for any damage resulting from the use of this software.
gdesklets is copyright (c) 2003 - 2007 by
- * Martin Grimme <martin [at] pycage.de>,
- * Christian Meyer <chrisime [at] gnome.org>,
- * Jesse Andrews <jdandr2 [at] cs.uky.edu>
- * Benoît Dejean <tazforever [at] dlfp.org>
glibtop Python wrapper in libdesklets is copyright (c) 2003 - 2005 by
- * Benoît Dejean <tazforever [at] dlfp.org>