I just want to display the hour, because It looks more clean, this option was removed and I can't find a way to just hide the day/date from the options, even elemetary-tweaks cant do that, do you guys know where is the file that contains the code of this ?, maybe I can change it by myself

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You can download the indicator source with

apt source wingpanel-indicator-datetime

I would start at the source file src/Widgets/PanelLabel.vala: it seems that removing (all occurences of) the date_label variable does the trick.

After you can build and install the package

debuild -us -uc
sudo dpkg --install ../wingpanel-indicator-datetime*.deb
  • I commented inline 54/// this.add (date_label); I think will work but how I compile this? or add to the system? Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 1:02
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    I think that you should ask a new question: how to compile a (debian) package? :)
    – lemonslice
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 8:54

clone the component:

git clone https://github.com/elementary/wingpanel-indicator-datetime.git

as of 5.1 (Hera), I followed @Egon Stetmann's lead and commented out in src/Widgets/PanelLabel.vala:

//        add (date_revealer);

per @lemonslice's suggestion, follow these instructions to compile and install changes to Elementary.

voila! enjoy not having to stare at a date all day! :)

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