weather gdesklet does not retrieve weather data

Asked by Katherine Isham on 2008-05-19

On my big Mac Desktop I have a weather widget that tells me the weather for the week. I love this handy tool so I looked for something similar in Ubuntu for my laptop, and found "gdesklets," which seemed very promising. At first I had trouble getting gdesklets itself to work, but by looking around I found I could get it to run and show up in the applications folder by typing "gdesklets shell" in terminal. Now everything works fine, except...well, the weather is not actually displayed! It just says "N/A" down the whole list of weather parameters. (This is when I use "SideCandy weather ver .3.) I also tried LTCandy weather desklet and the same thing happens, says "retrieval failed" and gives the same N/A result. I tried the other two desklets listed--same thing. So...there appears to be some kind of retrieving error. :-P

I'm sorry I can't give more technical info--I'm not a programmer or anything, I Just got sick of windows and wanted to put my money where my mouth was for a change. Anyone have any idea how to get this working?

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Bjoern Koch (h.humpel) said : #1

The SideCandy Weather desklet is using an IYahooWeather Control, which seems to be none working anymore as Yahoo seems to have changed a few things on their weather websites. It looks to me that the Control needs to be updated to get it working again.

The LT* desklets are out-of-date (for a few years by now !) and known to be non-working. Don't (try to) use and fix them!

The GoodWeather desklet seems to be the only choice right now. But you will have to apply a little fix to it after installation.
This can be found here:

We are working on including a (working) weather desklet into the official gDesklets core/archive.

Hope that helps ;).

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