- provides an advanced architecture for desktop applets
gdesklets open [ display ]
provides an advanced architecture for desktop applets -- tiny
displays sitting on your desktop in a symbiotic relationship of eye candy and
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.
You 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
The 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
$ gdesklets stop
Usage of the command line frontend:
gdesklets [option] <command> [arguments...]
<command>: open <files> (Opens the given display files)
start (Runs the gDesklets daemon)
stop (Stops the gDesklets daemon)
list (Lists open displays)
restart (Restarts the gDesklets daemon)
profile <profile> (Switches to the given profile)
profile (Shows the current and the available
shell (Opens the graphical shell)
slay (Kills the daemon -- use in emergency)
status (Checks daemon status)
about (Prints information about gDesklets)
version (Prints gDesklets version)
configure (Opens the configuration dialog)
help (Displays this text)
check (Dependency check for python bindings)
[option]: --no-tray-icon (disables the systray icon)
If you don't pass a command, the script will fall back to
which is the default.
The 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.
If 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
- Opens the configuration dialog for this display. It depends
on the display what you can configure.
- Attaches desklet to cursor for moving it around. Click to
- Lets you view the desklet's source file (.display).
- Restarts this display. This menu item is mainly for sensor
- Removes this display from your desktop.
- Lets you view desklet's "About" information,
license and readme file.
The gdesklets-daemon writes a log file. That file can be found in
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.
In 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
enlightenment (>= 0.16.6)
(2.5.x, see http://www.fvwm.org/features.php)
fluxbox (recent versions)
certainly some others which we forgot here.
This is taken seriously. In every release we're addressing these issues.
Unfortunately, gDesklets is relying on libraries which contain their own bugs
or leaks. In some places it's possible to create a work-around. Sometimes, we
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.
The 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)
A printed reference in German language is available from 'Software & Support
Verlag GmbH'. The book 'Exploring Python' covers desklet development on 34
You can meet the 'gDesklets' developers and other fans on the IRC channel
#gdesklets on GIMPnet (irc.gimp.org).
was written by
* Martin Grimme <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
* Christian Meyer <email@example.com>.
* Jesse Andrews <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
I'd like to thank all people who supported (and are still supporting) me so well
with 'gDesklets'. Please complain if I forgot you... ;)
* Christian Meyer -- ideas and sensor programming
* Jesse Andrews -- sensor programming
* Johannes "Waldgeist" Rebhan -- artwork
* Christian Neumair -- installation
* Sebastien Bacher -- man page and lots of other stuff
* Luke Stroven -- gdesklets.gnomedesktop.org and 'gDesklets' forum
* James Henstridge -- excellent GTK bindings for Python
* Joe Sapp -- documentation
* Bjoern Koch -- additional programming, documentation
* Robert Pastierovic -- additional programming, documentation
* Lauri Kainulainen -- additional programming, gdesklets website
If 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!
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
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.
is copyright (c) 2003 - 2007 by
Benoît Dejean <email@example.com>
glibtop Python wrapper
in libdesklets is copyright (c) 2003 - 2005 by
Benoît Dejean <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The latest version of gDesklets
can be found at http://www.gdesklets.de/
bzr repository can be found at