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Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel? (SOLVED)
« on: June 27, 2019, 08:56:57 am »
Hi Guys

Just starting to find my way around Peppermint Linux and changing a few things to how I like them. I generally adapt to a fairly default setup these days, having in the past tweaked a little too far many times, and had to do fresh installs.

Sorry, to come to the point. A couple of panel applets I would like to have are the system monitor to show cpu performance, and a sensor applet show cpu core temps. Having a low powered Chromebook running  Peppermint, some tasks bog down the processor and it's handy to know when this is happening. I haven't found these applets available in the 'Add to Panel' menu and I can't see a means to download them like you can with the Cinnamon desktop.

I dare say there applications you can install to show this information in separate windows, but it's not ideal with a small screen and much better to have these displayed in a panel. I'm sure Mate, Xfce and Cinnamon have these applets, is there a way to install and add them to a panel in Peppermint?

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Re: Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2019, 11:19:21 am »
run:
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sudo apt-get install xfce4-cpugraph-plugin xfce4-systemload-plugin xfce4-sensors-plugin
Now right-click on an empty part of the panel and select

Panel > Add New Items...

and add these plugins

Sensor Plugin

and one of either (or both)

CPU Graph
or
System Load Monitor

Once added, click "Close"

Now right-click the panel again and choose

Panel > Panel Preferences > Items (tab)

and either use the Up/Down buttons to move the items on the panel .. or just drag and drop to reposition

When done, you can right click on the new items on your panel (and select their "Properties") to configure them.
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Re: Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2019, 04:09:07 pm »
Thanks PCNetSpec

I had looked in Synaptic but for different file names but with your instructions they installed nicely. However I do get a window, open for a few seconds, warning about Hddtemp not executed properly probably due to not having root privilege to read it's temperature:

"hddtemp" was not executed correctly, although it is executable. This is most probably due to the disks requiring root privileges to read their temperatures, and "hddtemp" not being setuid root.

An easy but dirty solution is to run "chmod u+s /usr/sbin/hddtemp" as root user and restart this plugin or its panel.

Calling "/usr/sbin/hddtemp -n -q /dev/sda" gave the following error:
/dev/sda: Permission denied

with a return value of 256.


This seems to be a fairly common observation with only the dirty fix to get over it.  The window is only open for a few seconds so it it more annoying than instrusive but it's ironical that I don't want to read the HDD temp only cpu cores.

How dodgy is the dirty fix and is there an alternative solution anyone can suggest please?

Thanks.

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Re: Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel?
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2019, 04:18:26 pm »
Fire up:-

Menu > Settings >Peppermint Settings Panel

select the "Tweaks" tab

Select "Notification Settings"

Select the "Applications" tab

turn off notifications for "xfce4-sensors-plugin"
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Re: Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel?
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2019, 08:03:38 am »
Thanks again, I'll try that later tonight when I get home from work.

Looks like a job for the weekend is to install Peppermint 10 on my daily driver laptop.

Excellent service, I will call again. :)

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Re: Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel?
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2019, 02:21:48 pm »
Thanks again...

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Re: Possibility of Adding Applets to the Panel?
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2019, 02:50:29 pm »
The tweak worked perfectly thanks.

Just about to edit my first post.

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