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Re: Why use Conky?

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I don't think it is made for me either, but always nice to play with in a VM! ;)
What is the procedure to set this up? Install Mint 20 and then change windows manager or do i have to install another linux version?
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Good idea. VMs are great for experimentation. I'd suggest opening a terminal, then running sudo apt-get install i3 to install i3WM's meta-package, which brings in i3WM and some other related stuff you might want. Keep in mind that it's just the window manager (and associated tools), not a desktop manager, file manager, compositor, etc. Oh, and you can install i3WM in an existing distribution, like Linux Mint. You'll probably need to switch to the i3WM session on the login screen.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Thanx, i will certainly try it out! Maybe it's something for my NAS server with Debian server and OMV?
Multiple terminal windows..
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Termy wrote:
Tue May 10, 2022 8:31 am
Koentje wrote:
Mon May 09, 2022 11:49 pm
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Noice. Kinda wish I could use Conky, but it doesn't work properly in i3WM. :roll:
Gee... you mean my i3wm (dwm, xfce, openbox) Conkies aren't working correctly. Oh well...
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Re: Why use Conky?

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manyroads wrote:
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:20 pm
Gee... you mean my i3wm (dwm, xfce, openbox) Conkies aren't working correctly. Oh well...
I have no experience with that window manager, but from what i understand it is not using X.. so you use the 'output to console' setting i suspect?
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Re: Why use Conky?

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dwm, openbox, and i3wm: all (3) window managers are x based.

FWIW I have all three window managers (openbox, dwm, i3wm with Conkies) running in a single user space on a machine build using Cinnamon Mint 21.

Here's a proof of life image (scrot):
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Koentje wrote:
Sun Sep 11, 2022 11:17 pm
not using X.. so you use the 'output to console' setting i suspect?
just an alternative X client library.

here's a test, I have about 10 minutes of i3wm experience :P

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I suspect, even though there's obvious ways to use conky as we know it, there is also the conky-cli option. I'm sure you can dress up that status bar with anything or the possibilities are probably endless. (I would mention, well I didn't check it on Mint 21, but at least prior to that the conky packages have a specific | between the gui and cli version, since with both the binary is named conky, so to get them both you would install cli first, that's probably the easiest, then you can just rename the single binary, and then work out installing the typical conky package, this way you don't get the conflict where one removes the other or vice-versa.)
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Re: Why use Conky?

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---good discussion. I will continue to follow.

I suggest you folks read the Conky github site ... there are several README pages, lots of info.
https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky

also a pretty user friendly Wiki: https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky/wiki

while you are at it check out the User Config section: https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky/wiki/Configs
I found one that for me works Great, it fits my personal preferences.

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Re: Why use Conky?

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manyroads wrote:
Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:20 pm
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I've never heard of i3WM-specific Conky configurations. From my dabbling with Conky in i3WM, it refused to work properly. Maybe there's a way to get it to work, but I'm not too fussed with it. I prefer things to be lightweight. If I wanted stats, I'd enable a bar or two.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Termy wrote:
Sat Sep 17, 2022 1:06 pm
I prefer things to be lightweight.
So, conky it is! :mrgreen:
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Does Conky comes as a GUI or is it just a desktop widget?
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Marie SWE wrote:
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:19 pm
Does Conky comes as a GUI or is it just a desktop widget?

I suggest you read the Conky github site ... there are several README pages, lots of info.
https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky
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Re: Why use Conky?

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sdibaja wrote:
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:41 pm
Marie SWE wrote:
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:19 pm
Does Conky comes as a GUI or is it just a desktop widget?

I suggest you read the Conky github site ... there are several README pages, lots of info.
https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky
you had saved more time energy and text just answering... Yes... or No. :wink:
or even more by not answering at all :P
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Perhaps the folks here who have not had successful experience using conky would be well served by reading the numerous forums where successful users 'hang out'. I'd suggest the following Forums.

MXLinux (which ships with Conky on its xfce & fluxbox desktops.
BunsenLabs
antiX
archlabs
arch
EndeavourOS
Manjaro

Conky documentation:

http://conky.sourceforge.net/documentation.html
https://github.com/brndnmtthws/conky
https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/conky
https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Conky/Guide
https://www.linuxfordevices.com/tutoria ... em-monitor

Here are entertaining Conky materials:
https://www.deviantart.com/tag/conky

The amount and availability of conky materials is immense.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Koentje wrote:
Sat Sep 17, 2022 1:26 pm
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Depending on the configuration, it can be a bit on the chunky side, compared to a lightweight i3WM setup, though. I do like Conky, don't get me wrong; I used it for a couple of years when I first got into Linux (with XFCE), but nowadays I just prefer to keep things fairly minimalistic and simple. :)
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