Sensors in the top bar of the desktop

I have started working on the addition of the sensors directly in the top bar of the desktop. It should work with any desktop environment supporting Ubuntu Application Indicator. It is still work on progress but you can already give it a try by compiling the dev branch of psensor.

In the sensors preferences, toggle ‘Display sensor in the label’. It also works for the CPU load or fan.

Update of the stable Ubuntu PPA for psensor

psensor v0.8.0.5 is now available in the PPA ppa:jfi/ppa for Trusty. I also updated packages for Saucy and Precise. Compared to the 0.8.0.3 release, it adds alert scripts, reordering of the list of sensors, improved translations and fixes several bugs.
Note that the 0.8.0.3 release is also the one which will be in the default Ubuntu repositories for Trusty because it is too late to update (package freeze).

Here is how to use it:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:jfi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install psensor

Psensor on Ubuntu Trusty

I discovered 2 issues on Ubuntu Trusty today.

  • Psensor cannot be compiled due to the deprecation of GtkAction. For sanity, build is failing on errors. It can be workarounded by removing the -Werror in src/Makefile.am.

Both bugs have been fixed on the dev branch that can be retrieved from http://wpithchoune.net/svnpub/psensor/trunk. It will be part of the version 0.8.0.5 which should be released soon. Until then, Ubuntu Trusty users can get packages from https://launchpad.net/~jfi/+archive/psensor-daily-trunk/+sourcepub/4069853/+listing-archive-extra or PPA: ppa:jfi/psensor-daily-trunk. It also includes some translation improvements and fixes.

Psensor hangs when using the settings dialogs on Ubuntu Unity

Actually, when used on Ubuntu Unity, the settings dialogs of Psensor will freeze the application as soon as the buttons OK or Cancel are clicked

This is due to the Unity bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity-gtk-module/+bug/1258669.

Until it is fixed, you can use the following workarounds:

  • Right click on the graphic canvas of Psensor to open the preferences dialogs
  • Turn off the global menu for Psensor by running it with the command line: env UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= psensor.

Fahrenheit support of Psensor

If you are using the Fahrenheit displaying of the temperature, it is recommended to use at least the 0.7.0.5 release. The earlier releases contain several Fahrenheit bugs which have been fixed.

Ubuntu or derivates users can use the PPA: ppa:jfi/ppa to install the last stable release.