Monitoring CPU temp(s) - Is it worth it?
I recently built myself a new machine - and am slowly setting it up to take over as my 'go to' box. I recently (with much assistance from vindsl and paramvir) made a strong start on a Conky setup that does most of what I wanted for keeping an eye on my system - but have yet to add in CPU temperature monitoring.
Research suggested that acpi -t or lm-sensors were the most likely source of the needed input, but this has been unsuccessful in practice. Trying sensor-detect failed to find anything, and acpi -t gives no information at all (no terminal output).
Digging deeper I located a 'newer' version of sensor-detect, which informs me that I need a driver (nct6775) not found on my system. On accessing that driver I find that it appears to need to be compiled into the kernel. So - I am left with several questions, and uninformed speculation
1. Is this correct - must it be compiled in to be usable?
2. If it must be, will the changes to the kernel between 184.108.40.206 (the version the driver was apparently developed for) and the 220.127.116.11 I am running now cause any problems?
3. Apparently it was 'upstreamed' - but has as yet not made it into our kernel. Is it likely to appear (or DOES it appear!) in the 3.14.x.xx or whatever is coming in Trusty? Will I need to nothing but wait?
4. If I don't wait, does it mean (as seems logical) that I would need to recompile the kernel for each received update until (if ever) this driver makes it in?
5. How easy is it to compile a kernel? And - how likely am I to bork the system trying? Is it 'safer' to access the kernel from another distro on the same machine for changes, then rebooting to the new result? Should I leave it alone?
6. Is there some other way to get this done?
I hope this is the right place to ask these questions - if not I hope a moderator can relocate appropriately! Thanks in advance to anyone who can answer any of the above....or steer me in a better direction!
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