[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#740781: xfce4-netload-plugin: Visual indicator for bars' scale on "auto" speed mode

David Z unimportantdavidz at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 22:21:05 UTC 2014

Package: xfce4-netload-plugin
Version: 1.1.0-1+b1
Severity: wishlist
Tags: upstream

This is a great and useful plugin. Despite my early reservations, I've come to
like the "Auto" top speed setting, but I wish I could still judge how much
absolute bandwidth is in use, at least approximately.

What if the bars were to change color/brightness/saturation/width or some other
attribute(s) depending on what the current "real" top speed is at the top of
the bars? That would add an additional dimension (literally) to the data
displayed, without any additional clutter.

For example, I could set network monitor to show red bars when the line speed
is high, and blue bars when it's not. If I see the graph towards the middle of
its range, and the bars are a perfect magenta, I know that I'm near 50% of my
normal top speed. If the bars are just as high, but baby blue, I know that it's
just fractional, background use. Or maybe the bars are 2px thick at the low end
of speeds, and 10px thick at the faster end.

To do it right, I suppose you'd still have a specified line maximum setting
/with/ "auto," so that it knows where the "edge" of this color
variation/thickness variation/whatever lies  - or maybe it could just use the
highest recorded values (or highest in the last 72 hrs?) as an "automatic" line
max. Of course you'd want it to be actually measured as a two-second average or
something, or fast buffer bursts on a LAN will make the max unreasonable - I
think the program already does this or similar for its current readings.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.4
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages xfce4-netload-plugin depends on:
ii  libc6               2.13-38+deb7u1
ii  libcairo2           1.12.2-3
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0  2.26.1-1
ii  libglib2.0-0        2.33.12+really2.32.4-5
ii  libgtk2.0-0         2.24.10-2
ii  libxfce4ui-1-0      4.8.1-1
ii  libxfce4util4       4.8.2-1
ii  xfce4-panel         4.8.6-4

xfce4-netload-plugin recommends no packages.

xfce4-netload-plugin suggests no packages.

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