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Trouble starting conky. [Solved]

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:30 am
by robfinley
I have Conky installed and I have a good, working conkymain script.

I have gone to Preferences/Startup Applications and added a launcher pointing to: conky -c ~/Conky/conkymain (per a forum I've been reading working at this)

When I reboot, I get the regular black-box conky on my desktop.

If run the command (ctrl-F2) conky -c ~/Conky/conkymain, it starts the way I want, but then I have them both :(
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Why does my launcher not work correctly?

If I delete it, Conky doesn't start. So "conky -c ~/Conky/conkymain" as a startup launcher only launches stock Conky, but "conky -c ~/Conky/conkymain" entered after startup, produces the desired effect. Why is that?

Re: Trouble starting conky.

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:25 am
by Aging Technogeek
The only thing I ever do to launch Conky is to put my script in a file /home/john/.conkyrc (set to run as a program) then set up the autostart launcher with the command "conky", nothing else has ever been required.

Some users may have timing problems where Conky starts, then the desktop compositor starts and shuts down Conky. To cure this I add a short script, /home/john/.conkysh that reads

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sleep 10 && conky

And use the command "/home/john/.conkysh" in the autostart launcher.

This inserts a 10 second delay in the Conky start path to allow conflicting programs to stabilize before Conky starts.

I have never had difficulty starting and running Conky with these methods. Sometimes the simplest way is best.

Re: Trouble starting conky.

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:44 am
by robfinley
Yeah, I just stopped reading to soon. Creating the script is what I was missing. Thank you. Excellent source of info for getting started with Conky here: