Kima - kicker monitoring applet
Various KDE Extensions
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Description:

This applet monitors various temperature, frequency and fan sources in your kicker panel.
Make sure you have enabled a supported kernel module.

Homepage:
http://kima.sourceforge.net

Features:
supported thermal sources:
- the Linux ACPI Thermal Zone driver. The corresponding kernel module is called thermal.
- the thermal sources of the Linux ACPI driver for the IBM ThinkPad laptops. The corresponding kernel module is called ibm-acpi.
- the IBM Hard Drive Active Protection System (HDAPS) driver. The corresponding kernel module is called hdaps.
- the Omnibook Configuration Tools & Patches. The corresponding kernel module is called omnibook.
- the iBook G4 CPU and GPU thermal zones. It may work on other Apple machines as well (please let me know).
- the thermal sensors available through hwmon (I2C, lm_sensors, ...).
- the CPU thermal sensor of the i8k kernel driver for Dell Inspiron and Latitude notebooks.
- the GPU thermal sensors of nvidia-settings (provided by the nVidia GPU card driver tools)
- the termal sensors provided by hddtemp daemon (make sure hddtemp runs on 127.0.0.1 port 7634 before kima starts)

supported frequency sources:
- the Linux kernel /proc/cpuinfo interface
- the Linux kernel cpufreq subsystem

supported fan sources:
- the fan sensors available through hwmon (I2C, lm_sensors, ...).
- the fan sources of the Linux ACPI driver for the IBM ThinkPad laptops. The corresponding kernel module is called ibm-acpi.
- the fan sources of the i8k kernel driver for Dell Inspiron and Latitude notebooks.

misc sources:
- CPU usage source
- uptime source that displays the current system uptime
- battery source that displays the current state of charge of your batteries

misc:
- cpufreqd control module to switch cpufreqd profiles via cpufreqd remote interface

installation:
grab a appropriate package for your distribution or the sources below.

using the source:
run configure
./configure --prefix=$(kde-config --prefix)

build the sources
make

install the applet (with appropriate rights)
su -c 'make install'

finally add the applet to your KDE panel (RMB on kicker).
Last changelog:

10 years ago

Kima 0.7.4:
- CPU usage source added
- russian translation added

Kima 0.7.3.2:
- thread wakeups minimized which should lead to a better powertop result
- crash fix: prevent i18n calls from within threads (it seems i18n isn't thread safe)

Kima 0.7.3.1:
- the 0.7.3 tag was inconsistent to the released tar.gz so we decided to release 0.7.3.1
- improvements regarding the dbus error handling
- XNVCtrl support fixed
- small autoconf/automake script improvements

Kima 0.7.3:
- more robust battery source in case of libhal/dbus errors
- since Kima 0.7.2 was already tagged we jump to 0.7.3 the changeog lists the never released 0.7.2 though

Kima 0.7.2:
- battery source added that displays the current state of charge of your batteries through libhal
- nvidia thermal source: optional configure switch added to query libXNVCtrl.a instead of nvidia-settings
- updated admin directory that supports automake 1.10
- swedish, turkish and indonesian translation added (thanks to Oskar Ellström, UÄŸur í‡etin and Donnie S Bhayangkara)
- translation fixes
- processes started by kicker does not exit correctly because of kimas' use of QProcess. KProcess fixes the problem

Kima 0.7.1:
- uptime source added
- initial source scanning parallelized
- spanish translation added
- hungary translation added
- german translation fixes
- hddtemp source bugfix, in case reading from network failed
- preferences bugfix, an enabled source was not displayed on kicker
- cursor fixed if one drags a source and clicks right mouse button
- encoding of the degree sign is now UTF8

Kima 0.7:
- support for moving the sources via drag and drop added
- support for hddtemp daemon added (http://www.guzu.net/linux/hddtemp.php)
- german translation added
- repainting of the sources improved

visit http://kima.sourceforge.net/#changelog for reading the full changelog

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kenws

9 years ago

Hello piricoco,
thanks for digging into this. I'm afraid I can't help in this case. I think the right place to fix that would be the Kernel (module). Fan values are usually reported to /proc/acpi/fan/. You might want to contact the Kernel people and ask why fan speed is reported as temperature value. It sounds really strange. But I think it's outside kimas scope.
Regards
Ken

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kenws

9 years ago

piricoco,
one problem is that there is no easy way for Kima to detect if a thermal sensor doesn't report a temperature value but a fan speed. Thats a really strange behaviour isn't it? :)
Regards
Ken

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piricoco

9 years ago

Ken, thanks for your interest and, of course, for this REALLY NICE applet! With it and KDE power manager I have the Linux-equivalent to rmclock under windows, but with more infos (althought under windows my cpu have some more frequencies to scale)

I understood that it's not a kima bug, but a kernel one. Do you think I should contact kernel team to investigate this strange behaviour? In kernel.org I found only webmaster and ftp addresses...

Bye!

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szotsaki

9 years ago

Hi!

I have SATA laptop drives, only my DVD drive is ATA.
hddtemp says my /dev/sda temp, but Kima watch only /dev/hda (which is the DVD writer) and /dev/hdb (which does not exist -- and write ??? instead the temperature).

How can I set Kima to watch /dev/sda?

And beside hddtemp, hdparm can monitor Hitachi drives' temperature with the -H flag. Thus I think we doesn't need to install the hddtemp daemon.

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kenws

9 years ago

Hello szotsaki,
just start hddtemp in daemon mode with appropriate parameters. i.e. hddtemp -d /dev/sda
Depending on your distri there might be a config file at /etc/default/hddtemp.
regards
ken

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tjaden

10 years ago

I've made a Kima 0.7.4 binary for Fedora 7:
http://www.zshare.net/download/35055758f22304/

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Shadowblink

10 years ago

Hi,

I read in a previous comment that it was possible to make this program compile with the QT3Support feature of QT4. What are the needed steps to make that work properly?

Thanks.

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kenws

10 years ago

Hello,
I didn't try it yet. I Guess the code needs little tweaking until it compiles against the Qt3Support lib. Just give it a try and let us know. : )
Regards
Ken

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mattman22

10 years ago

After I resume from suspend-to-ram, kima does not update until I add and remove the applet.

Is there a way to force refresh it or fix this problem?

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linmain

10 years ago

we already looked into that problem, and it looks like it is a problem in the linux-kernel/libpthread/Qt . we really searched hard, but found no single bug regarding this in kima.
sorry about this.

cheers, litb

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kenws

10 years ago

Hello,
as litb said, we haven't found the reason yet, but it seems to be outside of Kimas source code. Some threads are not notified anymore so they don't return to running state. Thus some of the sources are not updated.
Which kernel are you using? You may be able to avoid that problem by disabling the "Dynamic Ticks" feature or something else timing related in your kernel (see http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/3/12/72).
Regards
Ken

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freefred

10 years ago

Hi,
this is a great app, i love it.
Now, with the last version, i love more
'cos you added the "CPU usage source".
Well, the problem is that I like to search for E.T., and some disease remedy. I use BOINC:-)
So my CPU usage is always at 100%.
I'm not a programmer, so I ask: it would be possible exclude nice CPU time?
As Gkrellm does, I mean.
Anyway, fantastic work.
Thanks.

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kenws

10 years ago

Hello freefred,

the current development version has got two new checkboxes to exclude system and nice load. Checkout the development version from svn at http://kima.sourceforge.net/#development

Regards
Ken

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Chytrex

10 years ago

I am missed on kima custom text fields. It would be great if I can modify output of kima with my own texts..

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Divilinux

10 years ago

- the thermal sensors available through hwmon (I2C, lm_sensors, ...).



KIma works even with new module Coretemp on 2.6.22!!!

God bless u!!
:)

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xcarol

10 years ago

Great applet.
I only miss counters limits and alarms.
Counter action to execute (i.e sound, shutdown...) when the counter reaches the limit for a period of time would be greater.
Thanks.

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shame

10 years ago

This is great but I don't want my kicker filled up with info since I don't have the space.
But the tooltip doesn't show fo rme at all, not even once.

Not sure what's going on.
Manually compiled from source on debian sid amd64

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linmain

10 years ago

as pointed out in former discussions, that is an kicker bug. it happens when you dismiss one of those big special tooltips with a mouse-click (i.e clicking on the k-menu button while the special tooltip is rolled out). kicker then forgets to re-enable legacy tooltips again (it disables them while it shows a special-tooltip). that bug was fixed during the kde3.5.7 release cycle. kde3.5.8 will include that fix.

cheers' litb

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damjan

10 years ago

1. You should make the tooltip look nicer, like the new kicker icon mouseover effects.

2. It would be very usefull to show the measured values in the configuration dialog, too. (there's plenty of space).
That way one can more easily decide if the sensor is needed.

2.5 a disable all button would be nice :)

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linmain

10 years ago

1. we are working on a new tooltip.
2. i'm afraid this is not quite possible now, as disabled sources don't fetch values, to speed up kima. so we can't display any value then.
2.5 good idea. let's see what ken thinks about it.

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DyJohnnY

10 years ago

hi,

have been using kima for some time now, but i really miss the voltage reporting features of ksysguard.

any chance you can get kima to display that?

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linmain

10 years ago

that's a good idea. voltage values are reported by hwmon too, as far as i know. so the chances are good to include that feature to kima.

cheers, litb

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devsk

10 years ago

This cool app has taken over my kicker panel. I want it to go three steps further and completely eradicate the unmaintained junk that is ksysguard.

1. CPU usage
2. Network b/w usage
3. Disk b/w usage

ksysguard takes real estate on kicker but either does graph or numbers (UGLY), and not both. How hard would be to do both? But devs want us to wait till 4.0 before filing such enhancement requests.

Too bad for me, gkrellm doesn't have a horizontal mode and integration with kicker.

If kima displays the above (numbers are good enough, but histogram like gkrellm would be GREAT), I can completely get rid of ksysguard.

One app to rule them all!

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kenws

10 years ago

Hello devsk,
Johannes implemented a CPU usage source. Currently it's only available in the SVN trunk. We might add the other sources later. Feel free to checkout the current development version: http://www.elliptique.net/~ken/kima/#development
regards
Ken

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google01103

10 years ago

Since the only thing I use Imperial measurements for is cpu temp. (as I assume many others might) would it be possible to make the determination in the Kima config instead of globally in Kcontrol?

thanks,

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10 years ago

Kima 0.7.4:
- CPU usage source added
- russian translation added

Kima 0.7.3.2:
- thread wakeups minimized which should lead to a better powertop result
- crash fix: prevent i18n calls from within threads (it seems i18n isn't thread safe)

Kima 0.7.3.1:
- the 0.7.3 tag was inconsistent to the released tar.gz so we decided to release 0.7.3.1
- improvements regarding the dbus error handling
- XNVCtrl support fixed
- small autoconf/automake script improvements

Kima 0.7.3:
- more robust battery source in case of libhal/dbus errors
- since Kima 0.7.2 was already tagged we jump to 0.7.3 the changeog lists the never released 0.7.2 though

Kima 0.7.2:
- battery source added that displays the current state of charge of your batteries through libhal
- nvidia thermal source: optional configure switch added to query libXNVCtrl.a instead of nvidia-settings
- updated admin directory that supports automake 1.10
- swedish, turkish and indonesian translation added (thanks to Oskar Ellström, UÄŸur í‡etin and Donnie S Bhayangkara)
- translation fixes
- processes started by kicker does not exit correctly because of kimas' use of QProcess. KProcess fixes the problem

Kima 0.7.1:
- uptime source added
- initial source scanning parallelized
- spanish translation added
- hungary translation added
- german translation fixes
- hddtemp source bugfix, in case reading from network failed
- preferences bugfix, an enabled source was not displayed on kicker
- cursor fixed if one drags a source and clicks right mouse button
- encoding of the degree sign is now UTF8

Kima 0.7:
- support for moving the sources via drag and drop added
- support for hddtemp daemon added (http://www.guzu.net/linux/hddtemp.php)
- german translation added
- repainting of the sources improved

visit http://kima.sourceforge.net/#changelog for reading the full changelog

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