Conky – A Full Guide
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.
The conky-all package has everything you need to get going with Conky.
Open Terminology and run the following commands
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install conky-all
From Synaptic Package Manager
Open the package Manager (Main Menu > Applications > System Tools > Synaptics Package Manager). Search for and install the conky-all package.
Create a Conkey Configuration File
To configure Conky – first, you need to copy the “system wide” configuration to a local copy, which you can then modify Using Terminology, run this command:
cp /etc/conky/conky.conf ~/.conkyrc
You will need to reboot for Conkey to pick up and start using your local configuration file.
Enable Conky to Start at Boot
After the launcher has been created, restart the Moksha Desktop. Main Menu > About Operating System > Restart Moksha.
We are now ready to add the Conky Application Launcher to System Startup.
Main Menu > Settings > Settings Panel. Maximise the settings window, then select: Apps > Startup Application. With the Startup Applications window open, switch to the Applications tab and scroll through the list to find “Conky System Monitor”. highlight and click Add followed by Apply and Close
Is your Conky not running with a transparent background? You can fix that by installing the following module:
sudo apt install moksha-module-comptonmod
After installing the above, you will need to enable the module Compton Mod. To do this, open the Module settings (Main Menu > Settings > Modules) and enable Compton Mod
Adjusting Config for Transparency
If your Conky configuration is not transparent, you may need to adjust its code to have the following:
own_window yes own_window_argb_value 0 own_window_argb_visual true own_window_transparent yes own_window_type desktop
It is important that other settings do not conflict with these. For instance, a line written as
should be removed or commented out with a #.
# own_window_argb_visual false
Removing Drop Shadow
Edit conky.config and add the following:
draw_shades = false
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.