[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#670046: still buggy in Wheezy

Ingo ingo.steiner at gmx.net
Sat Aug 18 10:13:39 UTC 2012

Problems still persist in xfce4-sensors-plugin (version 1.2.5-1+b1) in
Wheezy, maybe showing up in a different way.

For some reason package 'hddtemp' is installed automatically, despite I
do not need it. My PC does not have any rotational HD, just an Intel
520series SSD which does not contain any temperature sensor (at least
those S.M.A.R.T. attributes are missing).

In this situation at every login to XFCE desktop I got a warning like
this (in German):

  WARNUNG: Laufwerk /dev/sda scheint keinen Temperatur-Sensor zu haben.
  WARNUNG: Das bedeutet nicht, dass es keinen besitzt.
  WARNUNG: Falls Sie sicher sind, dass es einen besitzt, kontaktieren
Sie mich bitte (hddtemp at guzu.net).
  WARNUNG: Siehe Optionen --help, --debug und --drivebase.
  /dev/sda: INTEL SSDSC2CW120A3: kein Sensor

To get rid of this I edited /etc/default/hddtemp and set:

That did not help either as well as un-installing 'hddtemp'. Without
hddtemp installed sensors-plugin complaions about hddtemp missing.

Then I did edit the user configuration of the sensors-plugin in

and set:
  Suppress_Hddtemp_Message=false	-> true

This as well did not help. I finally recognized that this user
configuration file gets overwritten at any login and the option is reset
to "false"!

A current workaround I found meanwhile:
make sure you are not logged in to any XFCE session (i.e. switch to a
console at light-dm) and edit your
~/.config/xfce4/panel/xfce4-sensors-plugin-36.rc. this at least
suppresses the popup's at every login, but does not solve the problem
that sensors-plugin does insist on checking for a non existent
HDD-temperature using hddtemp.

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