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How do I add the analogue 'clockskins' to pwidgets?
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 11:20    Post_subject:  How do I add the analogue 'clockskins' to pwidgets?  

Afternoon, all.

I feel like a complete 'noob' for having to ask this, but....

How do I add clockskins to pwidgets, so I can have a better selection to choose from? I'm guessing it requires some editing, somewhere, but I really don't know where I need to look.

Running 'Tahrpup' 6.01 here. pWidgets works nicely.....with ONE exception. Every time I re-boot, the analogue clock disappears. Anybody have any advice on this?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:03    Post_subject:  

Mike, dwnld a pkg from here, extract it, say, anywhere and study it's file structure..

You'll quickly understand the answer >> ~/.pwidgets/clock_skins.

Mind your extensions when dwnlding via browser..
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:27    Post_subject: clock skins in pwidgets  

One picture is worth a thousand words.

It's a subdirectory of my Quirky Unicorn full install, into which I've transplanted pwidgets.

The clock skins are in /usr/local/pwidgets/widgets/clock_skins. Maybe pwidgets can find clock skins in more than one place. Try here, if Semme's suggestion doesn't work.

My personal favorites are Clockface-144, dejan-black, Golden_Square-144, Plainclock-144-gray, Plainclock-144-reversed, and XonClock-144.
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:38    Post_subject:  

Mike -

/usr/local/pwidgets/widgets/clock_skins should be the directory where clock skins are located - just drop the ones you want in there, and remove the ones you don't. Should then be available in the skin chooser window that opens next time you re-load an analog clock into the right pane of the Pwidgets GUI.

IIRC, somewhere deep in the thread Semme posted is available a large pack or two (~8mb...??) of skins - some are excellent! I've even copied/modified/nabbed misc skins from the Window's Xwidgets app's clocks or gnome-look.org or wherever - to find what I like.

As far as the clock disappearing on boot, yes - an oddity. I seem to recall that there's a "sleep" command entry in one of the xonclock scripts (probably in or near /usr/local/pwidgets/xx ) that - by adding a few seconds to the existing setting - can often help. The clock seems a bit sensitive to all of the process activity that happens during the "building" of the desktop on booting.

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:40    Post_subject:  

Then I guess Mike, mine don't count. Very HappyWinkRolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:41    Post_subject:  

Whoop - Kiesha beat me to it!
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:44    Post_subject:  

Still, you can learn a lot by extracting pkgs.
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:50    Post_subject: clock skins in pwidgets --location changed awhile back  

Awhile back the default clock skins location was changed:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=315568#315568

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Feb 2015, 13:52    Post_subject:  

Semme wrote:
Then I guess Mike, mine don't count. Very HappyWinkRolling Eyes


Semme - I think ~/.pwidgets/clock_skins are where the currently running Pwidgets' skins are placed - but only temporarily, as part of what the current config dictates. If the configuration/selection changes, the newly selected skin is pulled from the primary storage dir - /usr/local/pwidgets/widgets/clock_skins - and copied there.

I *think* that's how it works, anyways...

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Feb 2015, 20:12    Post_subject:  

Well, now; that's a bunch of very quick replies!

Thanks for replying, everybody.

@keisha:- Thanks for that. I was aware of the location of the clockskins files; what I'd like to do is download some of Dejan555's clock-skins (a few of which I REALLY like), but what I can't figure out is how you actually get them from the page into the 'skins' folder. There's no 'download' button (told ya I was still a 'noob'!), so what do I do? Save the image? Copy & paste? (Correction: some are downloadable, but others aren't.....these are the ones I'm having problems with!)

@Moat:-

Where do I find the xonclock file? I'll have a look at it, see if I can figure out where to add a few seconds extra...

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I've been messing around with 'puters in general since the very start of the home PC revolution, in the late 1970's.....probably tried just about every O/S going in that time, but only started with Linux last May. My 'main' O/S is Ubuntu 'Trusty', but I discovered the Puppies in August, and have been playing about with 'em on and off till October, when 'Tahrpup' came out. It worked 'out-of-the-box' on my ancient Dell Inspiron (an original 1100, circa 2002), which has a PITA Intel graphics card. I was SO impressed with it, I've done a frugal alongside Ubuntu on the internal HD, and dual boot 'Trusty' alongside 'Tahrpup'.

Haven't had so much fun in years.Of couse, there's a bit of a learning curve, but nothing I can't handle. I'm steadily growing more proficient with Linux as the months go by.....I now have the two 'Tahrpup' installs sharing files (courtesy of rcrsn51's Samba-TNG fork), and the Dell network prints off the 'big' Compaq desktop's printer.

I'm very enamoured with the Puppies...


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PostPosted: Wed 11 Feb 2015, 20:24    Post_subject:  

On second thought, Bob can wrap it.
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Feb 2015, 20:47    Post_subject:  

Mike Walsh wrote:
... so what do I do? Save the image? Copy & paste?


Yep - basically it. Just right-click the image, select "Save Image As..." into a local directory... then copy/paste it into Pwidgets skin dir.

Here's the link to Dejan's post with the mega skin pack - http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=366124#366124

If Semme's sleep fix doesn't "stick" between switching and start/stopping Pwidgets while playing with skins & configs, there's another .xonclockrc at /usr/local/pwidgets/install/.xonclockrc that might need to be modified, too (possibly, it's the one that Pwidgets references to re-write the /root/.xonclockrc that Semme suggests, during changing of clock configs).

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PostPosted: Wed 11 Feb 2015, 22:08    Post_subject: clock skin save utility  

01micko made a clock skin save utility awhile back:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=387450#387450

Plainclock-144 with the colors reversed, clock arm colors dark, is pretty cool:
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PostPosted: Wed 11 Feb 2015, 22:22    Post_subject: clock skin dejan-transparent  

dejan-black with black rendered transparent is also nice:
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Feb 2015, 00:16    Post_subject:  

Semme - nooo! You are right, sir - /root/.xonclockrc is it. I just have a vague recollection of my changes there being somehow re-written back to default settings a time or two, after fiddling about (too) heavily in the Pwidgets GUI. It seemed a very rare occurrence, in any case.

Attached a few of my favorite, plain-ish clock skins...

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