The extensions for the awesome desktop is coming like anything. There are new extensions coming in by the day and you could get most of the ‘lost’ panel applet functionalities back in gnome 3.2 already. Most of these extensions are in their very early development stage. So, you might find some of them ‘rough on the edge’. Today I will show you two extensions to monitor your system.

The first one if the system monitor extension. Aptly named with nice functionalities and options already included. The extension will add the memory, cpu, swap and network usage information into the main panel of gnome shell.
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You could enable or disable to display the information in the panel or not (that is to show information just in the menu).
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You can download the extension from here. To install first you need to copy the ‘system-monitor@paradoxxx.zero.gmail.com’ directory into usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions and then copy the ‘org.gnome.shell.extensions.system-monitor.gschema.xml’ file to the ‘/usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas’ directory.

(Create if you don’t have one: type the following in terminal)

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas

After copying the file, type this in the terminal

cd /usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas
sudo glib-compile-schemas . (there is a dot at the end)

Now restart the gnome shell

The second extension is the temperature extension that will monitor the cpu temperature and add the information into the panel. You need to download (get the extension from here) and copy the extension folder into your usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions and restart your shell.
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As I said in the beginning, these extensions are in the early stages of development. It makes more sense if both these extensions are clubbed together to make a single extension.

12 responses »

  1. Rata says:

    Thanks for the post. Do you know if there is a way to have 2 core in the system-monitor extension ?

  2. Brandon says:

    Initially I removed the icon to clear some space, but now I’ve decided to lose most of the numbers and just use the icon. How do I get back to preferences or re-display the icon? I was unable to find where in the code it had been set not to display. Thanks

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  5. abdorefky says:

    Something not right with me
    i have ubuntu 11.10 and using gnome3.2.1
    i have did every think but the meters doesn’t show up
    this is what i get after last command :
    abdo@abdo-945PL-S3:/usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas$ sudo glib-compile-schemas .
    abdo@abdo-945PL-S3:/usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas$
    like nothing happened

  6. abdorefky says:

    Something not right with me😦
    i have ubuntu 11.10 and using gnome3.2.1
    i have did every thing but the meters doesn’t show up
    this is what i get after last command :
    abdo@abdo-945PL-S3:/usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas$ sudo glib-compile-schemas .
    abdo@abdo-945PL-S3:/usr/local/share/glib-2.0/schemas$
    like nothing happened

  7. abdorefky says:

    i have enabled the meters from the tweak but nothing happened
    but when i installed the temprature and made it enable . it asked me to install lm-sensors
    ; that lead the gnome explorer to crash
    now every time i enable (Cpu Temperature Indicator Extension) it crash the gnome.
    User Themes Extension (meters) is already enabled and nothing show up
    seems like i need to install something else or remove something !?!

  8. abdorefky says:

    helloo ?

  9. Fabian says:

    I am running openSUSE 12.1, and the system-monitor extension won’t start. Does anyone know which rpm package names correspond to the required dependencies?

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