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Is there some widget that I can put in the panel of my Xubuntu system that will show me a countdown of time? I've tried pystopwatch, but although it minimizes, it doesn't show me how long I have left. I've also tried xfce timer-plugin, but it doesn't really minimize. I just need something that will show how much time left I have for a certain task, as inconspicuously as possible. I'm running Xubuntu 12.04.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

My answer will be not on panel. Im using conky to make it visible on desktop

Step 1.

Install conky

sudo apt-get install conky

Step 2.

Pearl Package

You may need to install libdate-manip-perl and libtime-modules-perl packages.

sudo apt-get install  libdate-manip-perl libtime-modules-perl

Step 3.

Save at home folder

Locate ${alignc}Countdown in .conkycount to change Countdown text.

Locate "October 26, 2012" in .countdown to change date.

Step 4.

Give permission to script

chmod +x ~/.countdown

Step 5.

Run your conky

By terminal:

conky -c ~/.conkycount

Make startup application

Open startup application

Name : ConkyCount

Command : conky -p 20 -c ~/.conkycount


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That's really nice. Thanks. I do need it for the panel though. I'm recording a screencast that takes the whole screen save the panel, that's why I needed this. Impressive work, though. – Dervin Thunk Oct 4 '12 at 18:24
Thanks! This conky will visible on top of all application, just tweak the alignment, size so the conky will not disturb your workspace. ;) – penreturns Oct 4 '12 at 18:28
Btw, cant you just right click you pystopwatch and click at visible on top? – penreturns Oct 4 '12 at 18:49
Darn, that's a great idea. Accepted... sooo simple! :) – Dervin Thunk Oct 4 '12 at 19:31
@penreturns, the paste.ubuntu.com links are now dead :( – DK Bose Aug 28 '14 at 12:01

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