Conky – A Full Guide
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Conky - A Full Guide
<h1>About Conky</h1> Conky is a light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. Conky is licensed under the GPL and runs on Linux and BSD. Conky is much like making a desktop gadget. It creates a little window, which can be disguised as being transparent. People use Conky to draw various things, often involving computer information such as how much battery on the laptop is remaining or what time it is. It can make for a nice decoration. This page will give various info on setting up and using Conky. <h1>Installing Conky</h1> The <b>conky-all</b> package has everything you need to get going with Conky. <h2>From Terminal</h2> <code>sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install conky-all</code> <h2>From Synaptic Package Manager</h2> Search for and <em>install</em> the <b>conky-all</b> package. <h1>Auto-starting Conky</h1> Once you have your Conky files setup and in place, you will probably want your Conky configuration to run when you start up. Read up on <a href="http://www.bodhilinux.com/w/personal-application-launchers/"><span style="text-decoration: underline">making a personal application launcher</span></a>, which has instructions on how to create a .desktop file and then run that file at startup. <h1>Conky Transparency</h1> Is your Conky not running with a transparent background? Well, there's a number of ways you can fix that. <h2>Ecomorph</h2> After enabling Ecomorph, you can run Conky transparently. <h3>Adjusting Config for Transparency</h3> If your Conky configuration is not transparent, you may need to adjust its code to have the following: <code> own_window yes own_window_argb_value 0 own_window_argb_visual true own_window_transparent yes own_window_type desktop </code> It is important that other settings do not conflict with these. For instance, a line written as <code>own_window_argb_visual false</code> should be removed or commented out with a #. <code># own_window_argb_visual false</code> <h3>Removing Drop Shadow</h3> Ecomorph naturally adds shadows to windows, but that might not be wanted for Conky. This can be fixed though. In the Ecomorph configuration (Menu > Settings > Ecomorph), go to <strong>Drop Shadow</strong> on the left hand pane. On the right hand pane, for the normal shadow (top half), edit that line to include: <code>& !(class=Conky)</code> For example: <code>(type=any & !(type=dropdownmenu|popupmenu) & !(class=Conky))</code> <h2>Root Desktop</h2> Conky draws on the root desktop. If you change the background of the root desktop to match your actual desktop's background, then it'll blend in perfectly. Instructions on this coming soon.