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Implementing KSysGuard sensors simple example.

Prerequisities: KDE, Perl.

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 straightforward way is to add it to KSysGuard as a sensor.


Step 1. Create, for example, "/home/vi/code/sensor/" 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/" 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]


The ksysguardd protocol: 1. Server sends version line ("ksysguardd 1.2.0") ended with newline. 2. Server sends "ksysguardd> " with spacebar and without newline. Available commands:

  monitors -- List available sensors
  <sensor name> -- Get the value of some sensor
  <sensor name>? -- Get the metadata of the sensor

"monitor" command: For each sensor, send the sensor name TAB the sensor type (integer) NEWLINE. Then go back to the prompt "ksysguardd> ".

get command: For integer sensors, server should send one integer value and NEWLINE.

info command: Server should send the Display Name of the sensor TAB minimum value TAB maximum value TAB units NEWLINE. Looks like this command or some part of it is optional.

Example session

Example of session: ksysguardd 1.2.0 ksysguardd> random 96 ksysguardd> random 46 ksysguardd> monitors random.integer ksysguardd> random 11 ksysguardd> random? Random Value.0.100 ksysguardd> random 47 ksysguardd> random 54 ksysguardd> random 5 ksysguardd> random 37 ksysguardd> random 41 ksysguardd> random 58 ksysguardd> random 36 ksysguardd> random 69 ksysguardd> random 83 ksysguardd>

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