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My fix to display online pictures w/ Geektool
Authored by: wmscyclone on Jan 13, '05 01:39:02PM
I couldn't quite parse this hint, but I've had the problem of geektool crashing. I had it set to download the local weather radar every 5 minutes and display it on the desktop, using the "Picture" option of geektool to display it from the URL.

In pondering this hint I've now tried this workaround...use geektool to run a shell script to download the jpg to the tmp directory, replace any previous jpg, then use geektool's picture display to show the jpg from the tmp directory.

For the shell command:
curl http://maps.weather.com/web/radar/us_abq_metroradar_large_usen.jpg -o /tmp/wxradar.jpg;
mv /tmp/wxradar.jpg /tmp/geektoolradar.jpg

Shell code broken into 2 lines for display, it should all be on one line. I set it to refresh every 300 seconds. Replace the http:// with the URL for the online picture you wish to display.

For the picture display:
file://Untitled/tmp/geektoolradar.jpg
Replace
Untitled
if your startup hard disk has a different name. I set this one to refresh every 60 seconds, in case it took a little while to download the last image.

So far it's working great.

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