Peter Nikolic quinton11 at btinternet.com
Tue Aug 28 07:36:00 BST 2012

On Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:59:06 +0000 (UTC)
Duncan <1i5t5.duncan at cox.net> wrote:

> Peter Nikolic posted on Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:21:45 +0100 as excerpted:
> > I useed to use Qtdmm on the older system at home but that box died
> > so the rebuilt box is up to date KDE 4.9.00 now qtdmm doe not run
> > i have been looking around for something to replace it with does
> > anyone know of something or even if qtdmm is being ported
> FWIW, a quick google told me that qtdmm is qt-based (qt2 and qt3, 
> apparently not ported to qt4) digital multimeter readout and recorder 
> software.  IOW, it's designed to hook up to a specific type of
> electronic meter hardware, without which it's likely to be rather
> useless.
> At this point, it's a pretty safe bet that if it hasn't been ported
> to qt4 already, it's not going to be.  Qt4 has been mature for some
> time now, and development effort is now focused on qt5 (which was due
> for a beta about now, but what with qt ownership transfer from Nokia,
> the beta has been delayed a bit), so while existing qt4-based apps
> (including all of kde4) are likely to continue to be supported for
> awhile, if it's not on qt4 yet, chances are it's not now going to be
> ported.
> There's a smaller chance it'd be ported to qt5, skipping qt4, but
> that's not likely either, as if it hasn't been ported by now, chances
> are that it's basically dead, unless someone else decides to pick up
> development.
> Replacement is the next question.  It's here where even a short 
> description like I provided above would have been helpful, as there's
> a fair chance that people might not know what qtdmm is, but still
> know about a replacement, if they knew what they were looking for a 
> replacement for.
> The first thing I'd suggest is doing the google I just did, if
> necessary to find contact details for the author, then get in touch
> with him and simply ask.  Maybe it simply hasn't been ported because
> there's already a better solution available, and he can suggest
> that.  Or maybe all he needs to know is that someone's still using
> the app and is interested. It could be he's done the port already,
> and just didn't think anyone was interested any longer so he never
> posted it.  It's simple enough to ask, and you'll never know if you
> don't.
> Beyond that... I'm not an expert in the area by far, but what
> immediately struck me when looking at the screenshots is how similar
> the graphs looked to the routine voltage, power, etc, computer status
> graphs I run more or less constantly, here.  There's at least two
> whole entire kernel driver areas dedicated to drivers for sensors of
> that type, and quite a variety of software that can hook into them to
> drive graphing, logging, etc.  lm_sensors is lower level userland
> software that can be used to program and read these sensors and
> output to the text terminal or to a file, and there's a whole host of
> GUI software that builds on that. ksysguard (aka system monitor), the
> yasp-scripted plasmoid, and superkaramba are all kde4 based software
> that can be used for this, and there's gkrellem and various
> gdesklets, konqy, etc, for gtk and non-kde use.
> But, what I do NOT know is how well that existing software works with 
> generally external sensors, as its more common use and the way I use
> it here is to report on the computer's own system sensors.  I AM 
> sufficiently familiar with yasp-scripted and superkaramba at least,
> that I know if there's lower level drivers/software available for
> those external sensors that can make the information available either
> as text files (perhaps in the kernel's /sys tree) or output it to the
> text console as STDOUT, it's very possible to scrape that data and
> display it in the yasp-scripted or superkaramba GUI as text,
> bar-graphs or plotter/ line-graphs, as desired, because I do just
> that, file or STDOUT scraping, for a number of the outputs I display
> running plotters for, updating them once a second, here.
> The big question, then, is whether there's drivers or user-mode
> software available to take the raw output as presented by the
> external device and present it as a text file or as STDOUT.  Chances
> are, especially for relatively common devices, yes.  Linux has better
> support for this sort of thing now than ever before, with a lot of
> hardware manufacturers specifically cooperating with the Linux
> community to ensure that drivers are available for their hardware.
> That would explain why this specific specialized software hasn't been 
> ported -- no need as there's much more widely applicable general 
> solutions now available.
> But... not being a specialist in the area, I really don't know the 
> specifics.
> There are most likely area specific mailing lists and/or web forums 
> available, that would have better information.  I'd suggest googling, 
> maybe something line your hardware brand and model, and "linux" (with
> or without "driver").  It's quite possible there's already quite a
> variety of supported software available and you don't even know it.
> =:^)

Hi Ducan

yes i have done quite a bit of google searching ect there was talk of
Qtdmm2 but have not been able to find anything so any how i have bit
the bullet and have started looking at building a plasmoid for it , it
uses a serial interface but that just drives an irled and a diode . the
meter itself is a maplin job but is a dead copy of a named brand so
much so that i would say it is the same thing  with a maplin badge on

The ability to connect it to the pc and produce a printed report once
a year was very time saving  

At the moment i cant even remember the name this multi meter went by
( thats what comes of veging in hospital since mid july out mid
September at last) .

pete .

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