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A Minimalistic Multi-Timezone Clock

I am using xmonad as my primary window manager. A friend asked me how did I replicate functionalities from other desktop environments. One of the things he could not find was to have a multi-timezone clock.

So here it is. In fact, it is just another tool, which has nothing to do with xmonad or Haskell. It is just an executable shell script – multitz:

#!/bin/sh
in=`TZ=Asia/Kolkata date +"%c"`
uk=`TZ=GMT date +"UK %c"`
ca=`TZ=America/Los_Angeles date +"CA %c"`
ny=`TZ=America/New_York date +"NY %c"`
(printf "%s | %s | %s\n" "$uk" "$ny" "$ca"; sleep 3) | dzen2

It uses the shell commands to get the times for different zones, and displays them using a status bar called dzen2.

I involve xmonad only to assign a hot-key or a keyboard shortcut to use it:

    -- show dzen2 statusbar
    , ((modMask, xK_s), spawn "/home/anadgouda/bin/multitz")

That’s it, I get my own applet of multiple timezones on pressing the Windows key (my modMask in xmonad) + s.

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  1. Bhasker said:

    Fantastic !
    Sadly there is no proper internation clock applet which works well with xfce4. This is fine (I changed it and used xmesssage )

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