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Karamba & Superkaramba 1797 comments

by Matti
Score 46.0%
Jun 01 2008
You can't resize the widget - superkaramba limitation.

You could manually change the fonts (search for "prettyText" in the script), but they'll be out of proportion with the rest of the theme.

Matt - May 05 2004
Run it from konsole, and send the output to me by email. If you're not using an image as a desktop background, then you'll get a black square for a background in liquid weather - it's a superkaramba issue.

Matt - May 05 2004
To make the webcam pic full size, middle click on the webcam button. Sorry, need to update the FAQ.

The Webcam pics update at the same interval as the weather information. The webcam thingy was not really designed to be downloading a new pic every 30 seconds. If you want to do that, I'd suggest using gkrellm.

Matt - Apr 30 2004
Absolutely. I'll do it tonight. I won't be able to test it, because I don't use a proxy. I've been meaning to look at this for a while, but never got around to it. That's a good idea.

Matt - Apr 29 2004
The local radar map only worked for US cities, and was obtained by scraping the site. They didn't like that, hence the move to their xml subscription thingy. This means that those radar maps have gone. Sorry. If you can find another source, I'd be happy to look at it.

Matt - Apr 23 2004
Click the top download link, not the three below it - they contain just part of the theme (ie some of the .py files in the theme).

Once you've downloaded the theme to a directory, open a console. Then change to the directory you downloaded the theme to using the cd command; eg:

cd /home/user/path/to/theme

replace the '/home/user/path/to/theme' bit with the actual path to the directory where you put the theme file.

Then untar the file using:

tar -jxpf lwp-1.14.tar.bz2

Then cd into the new directory that has been created using:

cd liquid_weather_plus

Then type:

superkaramba liquid_weather.theme

It should run.

Matt - Apr 19 2004
In a word, no.

Unless you want to work up icons for each phase of the moon, for each weather type, and for each iconset ...

Matt - Apr 18 2004
Are you connected to the internet when you run it?

Can you run it from a console, and email me the output. To run from console, type cd to the liquid_weather_plus directory, and then type:

superkaramba liquid_weather.theme

Matt - Apr 14 2004
Why do you need this? There's no compiling needed. You just delete your existing directory, and untar the tar-ball, and it just works. Why do you need anything more than the tarball?

Matt - Apr 13 2004
Middle click on the button with the satellite dish in it.

Matt - Apr 13 2004
In order for settings to be saved, you need to close the theme, or quit superkaramba. If you just close out of kde without closing superkaramba, your settingss won't be saved.

Matt - Apr 11 2004
It would be a bit of work to implement. I can have a look at it though.

Matt - Apr 06 2004
Superkaramba only writes the .rc file when it is closed, or you do a reload. If you just close the kde session without closing the theme, it won't write to the .rc file. If you crash out, it won't write to the .rc file. To make sure, open up the theme, change the settings you want (using the configure menu), and then close the theme. See if that works.

In terms of the city name, there is an option in the configure menu "use alternative city name". I think that is what you are looking for. - Apr 06 2004
Sounded like you wanted me to fix it in the "next release". The joy of internet miscommunication. Sorry for jumping down your throat. It's just when you've posted how to fix that bug 30 times, and someone sounds like they're asking you to fix something that you have no control over, you get a bit defensive.

And a bit less of the kiddie thanks, although, at my age I should probably take it as a compliment.

Matt - Apr 06 2004
It's a superkaramba bug, not a liquid_weather bug, and therefore beyond my control. If you'd bothered to do any reading you'd know that.

Matt - Apr 05 2004
Start them in a console and post the output. Also tell me what location you are getting weather for.

Matt - Apr 05 2004

This question has been asked and answered about 15 times on this forum. Either look back in the comments section, or go to the discussion forums on:

Matt - Apr 04 2004
My first suggestion is that you read the FAQ/readme.

Then you should right click on the theme, go to the configure menu, and click on "disable threading".

Then close out, and restart.

Matt - Apr 03 2004
This has come up sooooooo many times. Please read other comments before posting. Look on discussion section. The answer is there. It's probably been asked a million times there as well.

matt - Apr 03 2004
I suspect you have two themes running one on top of the other. Probably one is running from a previous session, and one is running from Autostart. Check by closing the theme, and see if there's another one underneath.

Then either disable kde's session thingy, or take it out of autostart.

Matt - Apr 03 2004
Sounds like you're doing it right to me. The simple fix is to not reboot. This box just stays up 24/7.

Matt - Apr 02 2004
Thanks for your compliments. To be honest, I've never coded in my life before doing liquid weather (well, I did write some programmes on a zx spectrum when I was 10). It's amazing what you can come up with, with a bit of inspiration, some help from some real coders, and a determination to meet a challenge that you set for yourself - basically what open source is all about. You don't need to be that talented to contribute to the open source phenomenon.

In terms of fixing your problems, you are exactly right. Fixing the file, is just a matter of opening it in a text editor (my favourite is kate - but you can use one of the many that come with mdk 10), commenting the relevant line (or deleting it), and recompiling the package.

Good luck.

Matt - Apr 02 2004
Delete ~/.superkaramba/liquid_weather.rc

Then restart the theme.

Matt - Mar 31 2004
The interval is regulated by a little jiggery pokery within the script. It should update every hour and a half - or so. Sometimes it varies. There is interplay between the theme timing and the .py script timing. Superkaramba updates the theme at the interval specified in the .theme file, which is 150 minutes. However, if the .py script hasn't run for 180 minutes since the last update, it will refuse to update until the next time that the theme updates - which, now that I've written it down and thought about it is just madness. So I'll fix it - sorry, never really thought about this. It just updated every two or so hours for me, which was just fine. Might add an option to update every 1, 2 or 3 hours...

Matt - Mar 30 2004
Run it from a console, and post the output. My guess is that you're running Suse9.0, and that your python installation is screwy, so that the theme can't import the os module; but that is just a wild guess....

Matt - Mar 30 2004

However, you will get the exact same weather forecast. Often, if the weather is in fact recorded from nearby, this city will show up. Although why this would happen for Toronto, I have no idea. I would have thought it was big enough to have its own forecast. There is an option in the configuration menu (somewhere near the bottom) to use an alternative city display. Try turning on that option.

Matt - Mar 30 2004
You can provide your own proxy support. Look in the previous comments, which address this issue. I can't remember off the top of my head how this is done, but it involves setting and environment variable.

Matt - Mar 30 2004
Configuration is saved if you close a theme, quit superkaramba, or reload a theme. If you crash out, exit abnormally, or close a kde session without closing it, the configuration won't be saved.

To start it on boot, you could turn on the session awareness thingy in superkaramba, and make sure it's turned on in kde. Otherwise, put something in ~/.kde/Autostart.

Matt - Mar 22 2004
This is dealt with in the FAQ, and numerous previous comments, but once more (with feeling):

Look in the forums at for a solution to this problem - it's there - mentioned several times in several different threads.

Matt - Mar 19 2004
The os module is a very basic module that is installed with python by default. For some reason, Suse users have this problem, and it is a problem with the python installation on suse. See if you can find an answer on the forums on

Matt - Mar 15 2004
Which version of lw++ are you using?

Matt - Mar 15 2004
Do you middle click on the satellite button (as opposed to the map itself)?

Matt - Mar 15 2004
The theme gets weather data from an xml service on Don't know if there is an equivalent on The only way I could think of translating would be to have every single phrase translated, and then put into a dictionary structure. It would be a bit of work, but if you want to do it, send me the pairs, and I'll look at implementing it.

Matt - Mar 14 2004
Go to, and look in the discussion area for posts about always on top in kde3.2. You'll need to comment out a line in the source, and recompile superkaramba.

Matt - Mar 14 2004
You have to close out of it normally for the config file to be saved. If you have it running, and then close your x session, then the config file won't be updated, and you lose your settings. Its a Superkaramba thing.

Matt - Mar 14 2004
The black bar, I'm not sure about.

The maps open in a new window if you middle click on the satellite button.

Matt - Mar 14 2004
It's an environment variable, but I can't remember what it is. There is a comment somewhere above that deals with it. You'll have to search for it.

Matt - Mar 14 2004
After it opens, and before it moves, right click, go to the configure menu, and click "Disable threading". This means that when it updates, it will freeze momentarily (while it downloads data), but won't freeze permanently (please also note that when it is first clicked on or moved after startup, it will automatically update, so it will freeze momentarily when you first move it - just wait for it to finish downloading data). There appears to be a problem with threading with superkaramba (or at least my implementation of it - it works for some and not others).

To start them on login, put a link to it in ~/.kde/Autostart.

Matt - Mar 11 2004
Interesting problem.

Normally, the threading problem manifests itself by freezing all themes if they're running off one SK instance.

However, to fix the threading problem, use the configure menu, and click on the "Disable threading" option.

This will cause all themes to freeze (temporarily) while LW is downloading data. However, I've had my box up for days, and LW just keeps running.

Matt - Mar 07 2004
Send them my way, so I can incorporate them into the backgrounds menu.

Matt - Mar 04 2004
It is likely a problem with your superkaramba install. You need to use:

./configure --prefix=/usr
make install

Matt - Mar 04 2004
Re bigger maps, if you middle click on the button, does it not display in kuickshow? - Feb 29 2004
Make sure you have version 0.33 of Superkaramba. I'll look at putting the doppler maps back in.

Matt - Feb 29 2004

Matt - Feb 28 2004
Email me the xml file that you are having trouble with. There is a parsing error, that needs fixing. But without the file, I'm unable to help.

Matt - Feb 28 2004
When you say "lock" what do you mean. Is the theme locking?

Can you tell me what cities you are trying.

Thanks Matt - Feb 28 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements 223 comments

by ipv4
Score 58.0%
Aug 16 2004
This is pretty impressive for a 0.1 release. A couple of points:

- The whole bar flashes from time to time.

- When zooming to 128 sized icons, they become blocky, even though I've got 128 sized icons in my icon theme.

Just some thoughts, but look forward to seeing this once it's got a few point releases under its belt.

Matt - Apr 18 2004
KXDocker with REAL Transparency

KXDocker 154 comments

Score 50.0%
Apr 15 2006
Did you use the compile flags suggested by Stefano (see his description of the project above) before compiling?

It works well here on an AMD2600+ w/512 MB RAM, and on a PIII 600Mhz laptop w/256 MB RAM.

Matt - Mar 11 2004
This guy is making something that no-one (to my knowledge) has successfully implemented in linux, and you guys are bitching about changelogs? this is a fantastic piece of work, is a dream to use, and looks good too. As someone who has posted a number of things to kde-look, I can sympathise with Stefano. Maintaining information in a number of places is time consuming. He's provided a changelog, and a link to it. In my view, that is plenty. If you don't use the app because of this, the only loser is you.

Matt - Mar 08 2004

Karamba & Superkaramba 9 comments

by Cappy
Score 50.0%
Mar 13 2004
This is very nice. My LCD theme always suffered from my lack of abilities with the GIMP. This is soo much better.


Matt - Mar 03 2004
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