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       gDesklets - provides an advanced architecture for desktop applets


       gdesklets open [ display ]


       gDesklets  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


       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 next session.


       The command line tool gdesklets lets you perform all administration tasks from the command

       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...]

         <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
         gdesklets start 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


       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 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.


       The   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


       In order  to  run  on  as  many  desktops  as  possible,  gDesklets  relies  on  the  EWMH
       specification  from  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

       * sawfish

       * kwin

       * evilwm

       * fluxbox (recent versions)

       * waimea

       * ...and 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 '' is the place where you can get new desklets  or  upload
       your own creations for sharing them with other users.

       Discussion and Help

       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 pages.

       You  can  meet  the 'gDesklets' developers and other fans on the IRC channel #gdesklets on
       GIMPnet (


       gDesklets was written by

         * Martin Grimme <>.

         * Christian Meyer <>.

         * Jesse Andrews <>.


       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 -- 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 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

       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  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  <>,

       * Christian Meyer  <>,

       * Jesse Andrews  <>

       * Benoît Dejean  <>

       glibtop Python wrapper in libdesklets is copyright (c) 2003 - 2005 by

       * Benoît Dejean  <>

       The  latest version of gDesklets can be found at The Desklets bzr
       repository can be found at

                                          March 29, 2008                             gdesklets(1)