I have installed GKrellm on my laptop to display the status of capslock/numlock leds (as there is no physical led for numlock). When looking for information on GKrellm, I found that a plugin called GKrellM Background Changer has been developped that seems more simple than Variety that I am currently using. However it is not listed in the plugins available through Synaptic.

The link for this plugin is : http://www.bender-suhl.de/stefan/english/comp/gkrellmbgchg.html

I can dowload the files listed there, but not install them by following the procedure shown on the site.

Thanks for any help.

1 Answer 1


1) I downloaded the plugin from the link to my Desktop and I extracted it there.

2) In a console:

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev

It's necessary for compiling with make.

3) Change into the new directory and make:

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4) Copy gkrellmbgchg.so to ~/.gkrellm2/plugins:

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5) Close and launch GKrellM and, in its Configuration Options -> Plugins, "Enable" "Background Changer". Finally, click in OK:

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  • Pity that my reputation is not sufficient to vote for you ! I managed to install the plugin with your good explanation. Apr 2, 2015 at 14:04
  • But you can mark the question as answered. Can't you?
    – xunilk
    Apr 2, 2015 at 14:51

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