computertemp Not Showing CPU Temps

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Aug 5 15:49:01 UTC 2010

On 08/05/2010 07:55 AM, Tom Browder wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 08:54, stan <stanb at> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 05, 2010 at 07:13:24AM -0500, Tom Browder wrote:
>>> I added the computertemp package but the applet doesn't show my CPU
>>> temps, just the hard drives' temps.
> ...
>> Silly question. You did go into properties and change this from the default
>> (which is the hard drives), right?
> Uh, no, but I have now (thanks, Stan).  There I see a list of sensors
> and zones that aren't documented anywhere I can find.  I can select
> one from each list, but the hwmon list is almost meaningless.
> I have looked at man sensors and sensors.conf but see nothing about
> zones (except obsolete labels).  I have looked at the source code
> briefly, and I guess I could figure out some way to map the "hwmon*"
> labels to "CPU*".
> Anyway, I now have two applets, one showing hard drive temps and
> another showing other temps that I *think* are my four CPU temps plus
> three other temps that follow the CPUs in the "sensors" output.

Give gnome sensors a try:

$ sudo apt-get install sensors-applet

GNOME Sensors Applet is an applet for the GNOME panel that displays
readings from hardware sensors, including temperatures, fan speeds and
voltage readings.

It can gather data from the following sources:
 * ACPI thermal zones, via the Linux kernel ACPI modules
 * Linux kernel i2c modules
 * lm-sensors (libsensors)
 * Linux kernel i8k module (for Dell Inspiron Laptops)
 * Linux kernel ibm-acpi module
 * Linux kernel PowerPC modules therm_adt746x and therm_windtunnel
 * Linux kernel iMac G5 Windfarm module
 * hddtemp daemon for reading temperatures from S.M.A.R.T. equipped hard
 * Linux kernel Omnibook module
 * NVIDIA graphics cards
 * Linux kernel sonypi module (for Sony Vaio laptops)

Alarms can be set for each sensor to notify the user once a certain high
or low value has been reached, and can be configured to execute a given
command at given repeated intervals.
After install add to the panel the same way that you added computertemp.

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