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Implementing KSysGuard sensors simple example.

Prequesities: KDE, Perl, nc

Imagine you have a program that monitors some value important for you. You want the value to be plotted or displayed in the KDE systray.

The most _____ way is to add it to KSysGuard as a sensor.

Step 1. Create, for example, "/home/vi/code/sensor/sensor.pl" with the following content: #!/usr/bin/perl -w $|=1;

print "ksysguardd 1.2.0\n"; print "ksysguardd> ";



print "random\tinteger\n";


if(/\?/){ print "Random Value\t0\t100\n"; }else{ print int(rand()*100),"\n"; }

   print "ksysguardd> ";


Step 2: Launch KSysGuard, File->Connect Host->Custom Command, enter "/home/vi/code/sensor/sensor.pl" in the Command field, OK.

Step 3: Open "", find "random Integer Value", drag it to some sheet.

You will see your sensor (random value from 0 to 100 in this case).

If you want to see the plot is your systray, follow this:

Step 1: Add "KSysGuard applet to the desktop".

Step 2: In there's no spare displays, choose "Configure System Guard" in the context menu of the applet and increase "Number of displays".

Step 3: Launch KSysGuard, follow previous example to get access to your sensor.

Step 4: Drag and drop from "random Integer Value" to the free display in the systray.

Step 5: "Signal plotter", then you will be asked again to provide the data source. Choose "Custom Command" with the same script.

[Step 6: Open properties and remove grids and lines to clean up the plot]

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