ANNOUNCE: xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.2 released

Johannes Lips johannes.lips at
Wed Sep 19 12:00:09 CEST 2012

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM, Liviu Andronic <landronimirc at>wrote:

> Hello
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM, Harald Judt <h.judt at> wrote:
> > I have several versions of automake installed together with some wrapper,
> > but for the plugin 1.12.3 was used. I wonder if this is only specific to
> a
> > certain version. If it is, then I think adding another instruction step
> to
> > the build instructions would do. If not, it will need a fix. I will see
> how
> > other plugins handle it, maybe that gives a clue.
> >
> To solve this I had to upgrade to xfce4-dev-tools-4.10.0 (even if I'm
> running Xfce 4.8). See "trouble compiling plugins on Xubuntu Precise"
> thread. This may be worth mentioning in the installation instructions.
Xfce just supports the latest stable release, so 4.10. That's why plugins
are not necessarily backwards compatible.


> I also uploaded binaries for Precise to my Ubuntu PPA. [1] (They will
> build shortly.)
> [1]
> As for the plugin itself, I think the changes are great.
> - The morning/afternoon/evening/night breakdown is very useful.
> - Is it necessary to have such temperature precision: 19.8 degrees or
> 17.3. Personally I usually look at the weather estimates and try to
> round to the nearest multiple of 5. Say, if the estimate is 17
> degrees, then I will try to remember 15 degrees. If the estimate is
> 18, I will think of it as a 20 degree estimate. So in this sense, is
> the decimal precision really useful? Wouldn't it be better to round
> 19.8 to 20 and 17.3 to 17? (The same doesn't hold for speed estimates,
> where decimal precision looks nince.)
> - For each forecast element (cell) there are 3 lines of information,
> and it seems to me that this tends to renders less readable the
> temperature estimates. Perhaps it would be better to use bold for the
> temp estimates. Or maybe to move the 'Sunny', 'Clear', etc. labels to
> a tooltip that would appear when hovering the relevant icon. (Right
> now having both icon and label seems redundant.)
> - It may be interesting to put the forecast dates to the right-hand of
> the forecast table. Say, you would have 'Today' on the left-hand side
> and '19 Sep' on the right hand side, 'Tomorrow' and '20 Sep', 'Friday'
> and '21 Sep'. Sometimes people function in terms of weekdays, while
> other times they prefer actual dates.
> Moreover, I see a strange artefact here: Outside my window it is
> 'Cloudy', and the plugin uses the 'Cloudy' icon and label. However,
> the temp estimate is 19.8 degrees (2 hours in the future) with an
> associated 'Sunny' icon/label. Shouldn't the icon used by the plugin
> reflect this future estimate?
> Reading "Precipitation and the weather symbol have been calculated for
> the following time interval:" it seems to me that the behaviour above
> is intended. But it is a bit confusing to mix 'actual' weather symbol
> and 'future' temp estimate. Couldn't an 'actual' temp estimate be
> computed using the past "future" estimates?
> All in all excellent work! Thanks
> Liviu
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