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Conky help [SOLVED]

Postby gibbs1984 on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:23 am

Hi,

I've installed Conky and configured the .conkyrc file to how I want it but the problems I have are that I can't get Conky to load from startup even though Ive added it to the Startup Applications and I also can't get it to stop flickering.

I've googled these problems and as far as I can tell the flickering is something to do with buffering and I've also attempted to create a startup shell but all to no avail.

Can someone give me an idiots guide as how to do these two things please.
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Re: Conky help

Postby Zwopper on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:43 am

Try to shutdown compiz if it's running and see if the flickering stops.
Is your .conkyrc in your home/YOUR_USERNAME/ folder?
Does conky start if start it from a terminal?

Here is the top part of my .conkyrc - doesn't flicker for me.
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# Use Xft?
use_xft yes
xftfont DejaVu Sans:size=10
xftalpha 0.8
text_buffer_size 2048

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 4

# This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
# Set to zero to run forever.
total_run_times 0

# Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

# Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
double_buffer yes

# Minimum size of text area
minimum_size 180
maximum_width 180

# Draw shades?
draw_shades yes

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders no

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 0

# border margins
border_margin 5

# border width
border_width 1

# Default colors and also border colors
default_color white
default_shade_color black
default_outline_color grey
own_window_colour black

# Text alignment, other possible values are commented
#alignment top_left
alignment top_right
#alignment bottom_left
#alignment bottom_right

# Gap between borders of screen and text
# same thing as passing -x at command line
gap_x 10
gap_y 10

# Subtract file system buffers from used memory?
no_buffers yes

# set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase
uppercase no

# number of cpu samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
cpu_avg_samples 2

# number of net samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
net_avg_samples 2

# Force UTF8? note that UTF8 support required XFT
override_utf8_locale yes

# Add spaces to keep things from moving about?  This only affects certain objects.
use_spacer none
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Re: Conky help

Postby gibbs1984 on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:45 am

Hi,

I've managed to stop the flickering by tweaking the following:

own_window yes
own_window_type override
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

# Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
double_buffer yes

Yes, the only way I can use Conky in by running it from the Terminal, which isn't a major problem but I'd rather it ran automatically from startup.
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Re: Conky help

Postby Zwopper on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:48 am

Start it by pressing Alt F2 and typing conky
Open session manager and make sure it's set to save current session.
Log out and log back in, then it should work.
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Re: Conky help

Postby gibbs1984 on Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:56 am

Yep, cheers, looks like I was adding the wrong file to the Sessions, I was adding the .conkyrc file instead of the conky file in usr/bin.

Dipstick :D

Thanks though.
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Re: Conky help

Postby Zwopper on Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:10 am

gibbs1984 wrote:Yep, cheers, looks like I was adding the wrong file to the Sessions, I was adding the .conkyrc file instead of the conky file in usr/bin.

Dipstick :D

Thanks though.

Glad it worked out! :D
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