some quick notes on xfce4-power-manager 0.6.4

Mike Massonnet mmassonnet at
Mon Mar 9 21:44:17 CET 2009

Le Mon, 09 Mar 2009 22:13:45 +0200,
Jari Rahkonen <jari.rahkonen at> a écrit :

> Auke Kok kirjoitti:
> > 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 see your point. Don't know about your selection of 'common apps'
> though, as I rarely see more than two or three notification icons at a
> time. Most of the time wicd is the only one filling my tray, with the
> power manager showing up whenever the laptop is running on battery
> power or charging.

I had suggest you take a look at the description of GtkStatusIcon.

> > 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.
> Right, but I still think the right click menu is the correct and only
> place for the options/preferences option. Do any of those other apps
> you see in your tray pop up a *preferences* window on left click? I
> don't think they should, unless frequent fiddling with the
> preferences is expected. I'd say even doing nothing might actually be
> preferable.

The power manager doesn't have anything else than the preferences
dialog to show, so it would be correct to display it. Can we please
stop here.

Wicd was just a bad example where the main interface looks a lot like a
preferences dialog where you choose the networks you want to connect to.


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