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Old 02-21-2008, 06:52 AM   #1
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Looking for timer+stopwatch+small reminder GUI app

Anyone knows opensource stopwatch+timer+small-reminder GUI software for linux?
I have done my search, can't find anything that suits me.

Is this the time that I should write my own app?? lol!!
newbie in programming though...

Old 02-21-2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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I have looked for the same type of program. In the end I found 2 that were ok for my needs - kteatime and the timer app in superkaramba. Both rely on kde though.
Old 04-12-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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I'm also desperate for a reminder application - ideally something I can set for a certain time (9:30 - hang out washing) or for a certain number of minutes in the future (e.g. 30 min - finish writing).

Combining dive's comment and my own hunting, I now know of:
  • two applets that run in the GNOME panel: timer-applet and teatime. Can't run without the GNOME panel (so I can't run them in CrunchBang).
  • kteatime, ktimer and kalarm - if I try to install any of these, in a non-KDE system, it's 99 MB (or 115 MB for kalarm). Whoa. (Not sure if they'd work - I didn't install, too big.)
  • "timer app in superkaramba" - whatever it's called, it's using KDE again.
  • stopwatch - only a stopwatch timer (no countdown), and doesn't work great anyway.
  • evolution - groupware for GNOME, with alerts. 133 MB to install in my CrunchBang Linux - no thanks.
  • wmtimer - I installed wmtimer, but I don't like the interface, sometimes can't get it to pop a dialog (frozen?). The biggest problem is that it only offers a system alert/beep, no dialog box. A system beep could mean a bunch of things, and I might be away from the screen anyway. It does offer to run a command though, which works. With a command to make a popup alert, that could make this work: e.g.could I use dzen2 with an alias, so I could make an alias called "popup" and use "popup get ready for dinner" as the command?
  • cron? Since wmtimer is unreliable for me, and needs me to the popup thing anyway, maybe I'm better off just doing it all from the command line...?
Surely someone has solved this issue already.
Old 04-16-2009, 04:34 PM   #4
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have you tried Linux Unix dialog utility ?
It comes as text based graphics
(terminal, ncurses library based application)
with a number of precompiled widgets (MS DOS-like boxes).
I native compiled Linux dialog for my router and try to use it as a remote diagnostic tool (ssh putty telnet to a remote router).

You can try calendar and gauge for count down, combining both into
one useful utility (comes with c source code).


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Old 12-26-2010, 04:01 AM   #5
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Just hit this old thread on a similar search. If you do the same you could take a look at a little command line script documented here.

It needs you to install libnotify-bin and if you need the reminders to work smoothly across login sessions you will need to modify it for xdbus as per the information here.

Its nice and simple and works for stuff as varied as playing boggle:

~ $ atr now + 3 minutes = times up

picking the kids up

~ $ atr 15:45 = pick up the kids

or even leaving to catch a flight (needs the xdbus stuff unless you stay logged in all the time)
~ $ atr 17:20 tomorrow = catch plane

You can use the manual at and atq commands to enter more complex times or manage your queue of notifications.


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