Chronograph Plasmoid

Duncan 1i5t5.duncan at
Tue Dec 1 01:50:06 GMT 2009

Pierre Rosado posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2009 03:09:46 -0500 as excerpted:

> Do you know about any chronograph plasmoid?
> Thanks in advanced,
> PD: Timer plasmoid does not have the option.

Stop-watch?  Or a graph of <something> over time, aka a plotter?
What <something>?

If you're looking for the former, have you checked  I've 
not needed that functionality, but given the variety of plasmoids at 

If the latter, there's all sorts of options, including "the application 
formerly known as ksysguard" (generically aka system monitor, altho all 
the system monitor plasmoids are something entirely different, the 
problem with generic names, thus taking the hint from Prince for "The 
application formerly known as...", superkaramba and its various themes, 
yasp-scripted (kdelook) and its various themes, various other plasmoids, 

FWIW, yasp-scripted could be reasonably easily setup for the former as 
well, as it's very flexible (almost like superkaramba, but without the 
locationals, as it simply takes stuff in order, thus less complex than 
superkaramba).  Much of the flexibility lies in its scriptability, since 
it's possible to have it report in text, plot or bar-graph form, the 
output of any arbitrary command, including shell scripts, python/perl/php/
ruby/whatever scripts, c/c++ native executables, etc.  I only do shell 
scripting, but am already envisioning the shell script implementation, 
using a date command to initialize, then comparing the output of a 
current data command against the initial date command with some simple 
math, and formatting the output as dd:hh:mm:ss... such an implementation 
wouldn't be accurate enough tho, to do more than second accuracy, and 
that not reliably.  Given the limitations of plasma (the display loop 
must be single-threaded for various technical reasons), plus the various 
scheduling limitations depending on the kernel you run and its config, 
etc, sub-second accuracy isn't likely to be too good in any case, even if 
it's a 100% native coded plasmoid.  Perhaps that's why nothing of that 
nature is shipped by default, tho it's quite likely someone's implemented 
it as a plasmoid anyway, and put it up on kdelook.

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