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Old 02-04-2005, 03:48 PM   #1
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constant OSD via xosdlib

Ive been toying atound with xosdlib and osd_cat that comes with it.. The one thing it seems to lack, is to draw the same stuff "permanent" or rather repeat it with an interval.

There are apps that draw a clock with xosdlib constantly, and other similar progs, but I cant get any sense out of their code as im not much of a programmer yet..

What I need is a way to get the output of a command drawn to the screen (with xosdlib preferably, or similar) so that it refreshes every few seconds. Below is my try at this that works in a way, but causes too much resource burden and a flickering between updates. Well, because they arnt realy updates, but and attempt to redraw at the exact moment the last expires. This would work if sleep could handle milliseconds.. *sigh*

Even if I time it exactly to 1 sec (both the redraw and repeat sleep) it will still flicker, also if there is no sleep period at all..

Heres the script I use for the repeat:


## USAGE: /bin/repeat "command to be repeated" interval

if [  -z $2 ]; then

## code

while [ $again = true ]; do
sleep $sleep_time
And I run it like this, the last number represents the sleep time:
repeat "osd_cat -p bottom -A right -c green -s 5 -d 1 /home/user/np.txt" 1

Even vague ideas are welcome..


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