Introduction to Gvolwheel

The Gvolwheel package provides a lightweight volume control with a tray icon.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

Gvolwheel Dependencies


alsa-utils-, GTK+-3.8.4, Intltool-0.50.2 and XML::Parser-2.41

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/gvolwheel

Kernel Configuration

In the Device Drivers ⇒ Sound card support ⇒ Advanced Linux Sound Architecture section of the kernel configuration, ensure that OSS Mixer API (CONFIG_SND_MIXER_OSS) is selected. If necessary, recompile and install your new kernel.

Installation of Gvolwheel

Install Gvolwheel by running the following commands:

sed -i 's%doc/gvolwheel%share/doc/gvolwheel-1.0%' Makefile.in &&
./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-oss &&

This package does not come with a working test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -i 's%doc/gvolwheel%share/doc/gvolwheel-1.0%' ...: This ensures that the documentation into a versioned directory.

--enable-oss: without this, the program will not run unless alsamixer has been run.

Configuring Gvolwheel

Before using this application, use alsamixer to ensure the channels are not muted, and are set to suitable levels so that the master volume control will provide suitable levels. Once gvolwheel is running you can, if you wish, right-click on its icon in the tray to change it to control the PCM volume instead of the master volume. Depending on your theme settings, you may also wish to tick "Use Gnome Icons".

If you middle-click on the icon, it will mute the volume, that is, it will set it to zero : do not confuse this with the mute/unmute controls in e.g. alsamixer.


Installed Program: gvolwheel
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/doc/gvolwheel-1.0 and /usr/share/pixmaps/gvolwheel

Short Descriptions


is a lightweight volume control that sits in a tray.

Last updated on 2013-08-20 13:22:42 -0700