some quick notes on xfce4-power-manager 0.6.4

Auke Kok auke at
Mon Mar 9 20:32:52 CET 2009

Jari Rahkonen wrote:
> Mike Massonnet kirjoitti:
>> Le Mon, 09 Mar 2009 17:59:43 +0100,
>> Ali Abdallah <aliov at> a écrit :
>>> Auke Kok wrote:
>>>> some notes about xfce4-power-manager -0.6.4:
>>>> - double clicking the systray icon should call the preferences
>>>> window
>>> This is easy to add.
>> The GtkStatusIcon doesn't have a signal to do this easily
>> (double-click), so this is out of scope as a standard use of a
>> notification icon, instead choose by convention the best action for a
>> click. Most apps use this to show/hide the main interface. You could
>> just show the preferences dialog, which is the best convention imho.
>> For instance, wicd does this. Mail-notification lets you choose which
>> action to do like "check up mails", "open mail client" or "show
>> preferencse dialog".
> Wicd actually shows the Connect dialog, not the actual preferences. I'd
> rather see preferences as an option in the right click context menu.
> The left button could maybe show a different menu with options to
> suspend and hibernate (if these are enabled in the session manager
> settings) and possibly battery information or statistics. I think g-p-m
> has something like this.

very counterintuitive and certainly not what any of the other common 
apps do. right-click is for a context menu, and you can certainly stuff 
suspend et al in there, but they are already present in the 
xfce4-session logout window anyway...

I've got 4 applications currently sitting in my systray, ALL pop up a 
window on left-click. ALL pop up a context menu with 
'options/preferences, quit, and a few more items on right click.


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