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We have several machines that we remotely control, and it's nice to easily see what machine it is you're controlling, along with some basic system information.

To solve this problem, I use GeekTool, which allows me to display the output from shell commands on the desktop. Here is the shell command I use to post machine name, OS X version, amount of RAM, and processor information on the desktop:

Enter this as a new GeekTool Shell command on each machine you connect to (and set the font and colors to your liking). When you then control those machines remotely, you'll see this information on the desktop.

[robg adds: This works as described. However, I strongly recommend that you change the Refresh setting to something huge (like 86400, which is 24 hours in seconds), as this information is static, and takes a second or two to generate. You don't want GeekTool to be running this process over and over when the information is rarely going to change.]
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See basic system information on the desktop
Authored by: rammjet on Apr 01, '09 09:51:51AM
For lower overhead, parse these:

computer name: scutil --get ComputerName
osx version:     sw_vers
RAM size:       sysctl -n hw.memsize (in bytes, keep dividing by 1024 to get what units you desire)
processor info:   sysctl -n machdep.cpu.brand_string or: sysctl -n machdep.cpu.vendor

NOTE: multiple parameters may be specified after sysctl (ie: sysctl -n hw.memsize machdep.cpu.brand_string)
each parameter will be printed on a separate line

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Authored by: MurphyM on Apr 01, '09 09:58:31AM
I use Geek Tool like this to report disk space information.

And I use it like this to pull my agenda from Google Calendar and display it on my desktop.



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Authored by: baltwo on Apr 01, '09 03:30:08PM

The GeekTool page indicates that it's for Panther and Tiger, without any mention that it works without issue in Leopard. Anyone see any updated information?



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Authored by: logo on Apr 02, '09 01:37:51AM
I copy this from another GeekTool hint:

I can't even get GeekTool to run on 10.5.6 and a MacBook Pro.

When opening the PrefPane I get an error, that the preferences "cannot be edited on intel machines" or even a "cannot be opened".

I searched quite a bit on the web and found patched versions like the jaw-Patch, or (http://infinite-sushi.com/2006/02/intel-build-of-geektool/) but no success.

Anyone here who can lead me to a working download?

Thanks

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Authored by: wallybear on Apr 02, '09 11:48:05PM
That's strange.
Current version 2.1.2(112) works flawlessly on my intel mac 10.5.6.
My older patched version should be no more necessary.

Jaw Software


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Authored by: logo on Apr 05, '09 08:53:29AM

Thanks wallibear. I downloaded the original DMG, reinstalled and all is well.



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