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Conky Installation Problem

Post by lesdelc » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:48 am

I tried to install Conky but I am having problems. I did numerous installs from the Software Manager, apt-get command line to attempting an install from Erik Dubois videos. Conky will install but does not show on the menu & I cannot find any traces of the files. Any ideas?

Besides the Conky problem, Linux Mint 19 is running great on my desktop & my wife's laptop.

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Re: Conky Instllation Problem

Post by Valsodar » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:58 am

Mint 19 has issues with conky and many other programs. That's why I keep running 18.3. The latest isn't always better - understand that finally.
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Re: Conky Instllation Problem

Post by administrollaattori » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:09 am

Via Terminal

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apt install conky conky-all
xed .conkyrc
... the contents

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# conky configuration

# set to yes if you want Conky to be forked in the background
background yes

# X font when Xft is disabled, you can pick one with program xfontsel
#font 5x7
#font 6x10
#font 7x13
#font 8x13
#font 9x15
#font *mintsmild.se*
#font -*-*-*-*-*-*-34-*-*-*-*-*-*-*


# Use Xft?
use_xft yes

# Xft font when Xft is enabled
#xftfont Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:size=8
#xftfont Terminus:size=8
xftfont Sans:size=10

# Text alpha when using Xft
xftalpha 0.2

# Print everything to console?
# out_to_console no

# mail spool
#mail_spool $MAIL

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 1
# This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
# Set to zero to run forever.
total_run_times 0

#############################
# - Window specifications - #
#############################
own_window yes
own_window_class Conky
#own_window_type desktop
own_window_type normal
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
#own_window_argb_visual yes
#own_window_argb_value 100

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

# Minimum size of text area
minimum_size 125 5

# Draw shades?
draw_shades yes

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders no

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 3

# border margins
border_margin 9

# border width
border_width 0

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

# 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 5
gap_y 5

# 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 no


# Add spaces to keep things from moving about?  This only affects certain objects.
use_spacer yes
#Note: doesn't work in conky 1.2 =(

#   mldonkey_hostname     Hostname for mldonkey stuff, defaults to localhost
#   mldonkey_port         Mldonkey port, 4001 default
#   mldonkey_login        Mldonkey login, default none
#   mldonkey_password     Mldonkey password, default none


# Possible variables to be used:
#
#      Variable         Arguments                  Description                

#     addr              (interface)   IP address for an interface
#     acpiacadapter                   ACPI ac adapter state.                   
#     acpifan                         ACPI fan state                           
#     acpitemp                        ACPI temperature.                        
#     adt746xcpu                      CPU temperature from therm_adt746x       
#     adt746xfan                      Fan speed from therm_adt746x             
#     alignr            (num)         Right-justify text, with space of N
#     alignc                          Align text to centre
#     battery           (num)         Remaining capasity in ACPI or APM        
#                     battery. ACPI battery number can be      
#                     given as argument (default is BAT0).     
#     buffers                         Amount of memory buffered                
#     cached                          Amount of memory cached                  
#     color             (color)       Change drawing color to color            
#     cpu                             CPU usage in percents                    
#     cpubar            (height)      Bar that shows CPU usage, height is      
#                     bar's height in pixels                 
#     cpugraph          (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2)
#                     CPU usage graph, with optional colours in hex,
#                     minus the #.
#     downspeed         net           Download speed in kilobytes              
#     downspeedf        net           Download speed in kilobytes with one     
#                     decimal                                  
#     downspeedgraph    net (height),(width) (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2)
#                     Download speed graph, colours defined in
#                     hex, minus the #.
#     exec              shell command Executes a shell command and displays    
#                     the output in conky. warning: this      
#                     takes a lot more resources than other    
#                     variables. I'd recommend coding wanted   
#                     behaviour in C and posting a patch :-).  
#     execbar           shell command Same as exec, except if the first value
#                     return is a value between 0-100, it
#                     will use that number for a bar.
#                     The size for the bar is currently fixed,
#                     but that may change in the future.
#     execgraph         shell command Same as execbar, but graphs values
#     execi             interval, shell command
#                      Same as exec but with specific interval. 
#                     Interval can't be less than              
#                     update_interval in configuration.        
#    font          font        Specify a different font.  Only applies
#                    to one line.
#     fs_bar            (height), (fs)Bar that shows how much space is used on 
#                     a file system. height is the height in   
#                     pixels. fs is any file on that file      
#                     system.                                  
#     fs_free           (fs)          Free space on a file system available    
#                     for users.                               
#     fs_free_perc      (fs)          Free percentage of space on a file       
#                     system available for users.              
#     fs_size           (fs)          File system size                         
#     fs_used           (fs)          File system used space                   
#     hr                (height)      Horizontal line, height is the height in 
#                     pixels                                   
#     i2c               (dev), type, n  I2C sensor from sysfs (Linux 2.6). dev   
#                     may be omitted if you have only one I2C  
#                     device. type is either in (or vol)       
#                     meaning voltage, fan meaning fan or
#                     temp/tempf (first in C, second in F)
#                     meaning temperature. n is number of the  
#                     sensor. See /sys/bus/i2c/devices/ on     
#                     your local computer.                     
#     if_running        (process)     if PROCESS is running, display
#                     everything if_running and the matching $endif
#     if_existing       (file)        if FILE exists, display everything between
#                     if_existing and the matching $endif
#     if_mounted        (mountpoint)  if MOUNTPOINT is mounted, display everything between
#                     if_mounted and the matching $endif
#     else                            Text to show if any of the above are not true
#     kernel                          Kernel version                          
#     linkstatus        (interface)   Get the link status for wireless connections
#     loadavg           (1), (2), (3) System load average, 1 is for past 1     
#                     minute, 2 for past 5 minutes and 3 for   
#                     past 15 minutes.                         
#     machine                         Machine, i686 for example                
#     mails                           Mail count in mail spool. You can use    
#                     program like fetchmail to get mails from 
#                     some server using your favourite         
#                     protocol. See also new_mails.            
#     mem                             Amount of memory in use                  
#     membar            (height)      Bar that shows amount of memory in use   
#     memmax                          Total amount of memory                   
#     memperc                         Percentage of memory in use
#     
#     metar_ob_time
#     metar_temp
#     metar_tempf                     Temp in F
#     metar_windchill
#     metar_dew_point                 There are a bunch of these
#     metar_rh                        and they are self-explanatory
#     metar_windspeed
#     metar_winddir
#     metar_swinddir
#     metar_cloud
#     metar_u2d_time
#     
#     ml_upload_counter               total session upload in mb
#     ml_download_counter             total session download in mb
#     ml_nshared_files                number of shared files
#     ml_shared_counter               total session shared in mb, buggy
#                     in some mldonkey versions
#     ml_tcp_upload_rate              tcp upload rate in kb/s
#     ml_tcp_download_rate            tcp download rate in kb/s
#     ml_udp_upload_rate              udp upload rate in kb/s
#     ml_udp_download_rate            udp download rate in kb/s
#     ml_ndownloaded_files            number of completed files
#     ml_ndownloading_files           number of downloading files
#     
#     mpd_artist            Artist in current MPD song
#                     (must be enabled at compile)
#     mpd_album            Album in current MPD song
#     mpd_bar           (height)      Bar of mpd's progress
#     mpd_bitrate                     Bitrate of current song
#     mpd_status                      Playing, stopped, et cetera.
#     mpd_title            Title of current MPD song
#     mpd_vol                MPD's volume
#     mpd_elapsed                     Song's elapsed time
#     mpd_length                      Song's length
#     mpd_percent                     Percent of song's progress
#     new_mails                       Unread mail count in mail spool.         
#     nodename                        Hostname                                 
#     outlinecolor      (color)       Change outline color                     
#     pre_exec          shell command Executes a shell command one time before 
#                     conky displays anything and puts output 
#                     as text.                                 
#     processes                       Total processes (sleeping and running)   
#     running_processes               Running processes (not sleeping),        
#                     requires Linux 2.6                       
#     shadecolor        (color)       Change shading color                     
#     stippled_hr       (space),      Stippled (dashed) horizontal line        
#             (height)        
#     swapbar           (height)      Bar that shows amount of swap in use     
#     swap                            Amount of swap in use                    
#     swapmax                         Total amount of swap                     
#     swapperc                        Percentage of swap in use                
#     sysname                         System name, Linux for example           
#     offset            pixels        Move text over by N pixels
#     tail              logfile, lines (interval)
#                     Displays last N lines of supplied text
#                     text file.  If interval is not supplied,
#                     Conky assumes 2x Conky's interval.
#                     Max of 30 lines.
#                     Max of 30 lines can be displayed.
#     time              (format)      Local time, see man strftime to get more 
#                     information about format                 
#     totaldown         net           Total download, overflows at 4 GB on     
#                     Linux with 32-bit arch and there doesn't 
#                     seem to be a way to know how many times  
#                     it has already done that before conky   
#                     has started.                            
#     top               type, num     This takes arguments in the form:
#                     top <name> <number>
#                     Basically, processes are ranked from 
#                     highest to lowest in terms of cpu
#                     usage, which is what <num> represents.
#                     The types are: "name", "pid", "cpu", and
#                     "mem".
#                     There can be a max of 10 processes listed.
#     top_mem           type, num     Same as top, except sorted by mem usage
#                     instead of cpu
#     totalup           net           Total upload, this one too, may overflow 
#     updates                         Number of updates (for debugging)        
#     upspeed           net           Upload speed in kilobytes                
#     upspeedf          net           Upload speed in kilobytes with one       
#                     decimal                                  
#     upspeedgraph      net (height),(width)  (gradient colour 1) (gradient colour 2)
#                     Upload speed graph, colours defined in
#                     hex, minus the #.
#     uptime                          Uptime                                   
#     uptime_short                    Uptime in a shorter format               
#     
#     seti_prog                       Seti@home current progress
#     seti_progbar      (height)      Seti@home current progress bar
#     seti_credit                     Seti@hoome total user credit


# variable is given either in format $variable or in ${variable}. Latter
# allows characters right after the variable and must be used in network
# stuff because of an argument

# stuff after 'TEXT' will be formatted on screen

TEXT

${color goldenrod}Linux Kernel: $kernel
${color goldenrod}CPU Details:  $machine, $freq(MHz)

${color}CPU History:  ${color darkgreen}${cpugraph 30,0 0000ff 00ff00}
${color}CPU Usage:${color magenta2} $cpu% ${cpubar 11,0}

${color}RAM Usage:${color green} $mem ($memperc%) ${membar 11,0}
${color}Available RAM:${color green} $memmax


${if_match "$battery" != ""} 
${color}ACPI Battery: ${color DeepSkyBlue}$battery_short ${battery_bar 11,0} 
${color}Remaining time: ${color DeepSkyBlue}$battery_time
$endif
$color$stippled_hr
$alignc${color}Processes:$color $processes  ${color grey}Running:$color $running_processes

${color goldenrod} NAME              PID    CPU%   MEM%
${color} ${top name 1} ${top pid 1} ${top cpu 1} ${top mem 1}
${color} ${top name 2} ${top pid 2} ${top cpu 2} ${top mem 2}

${color goldenrod} NAME              PID    CPU%   MEM%
${color} ${top_mem name 1} ${top_mem pid 1} ${top_mem cpu 1} ${top_mem mem 1}
${color} ${top_mem name 2} ${top_mem pid 2} ${top_mem cpu 2} ${top_mem mem 2}

$color$stippled_hr
$alignc${color}System Uptime:${color DarkOrange1} $uptime
... add to the Startup Applications

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mkdir -p ~/.config/autostart
xed ~/.config/autostart/conky.desktop
... the contents

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[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Conky
Comment=Conky
Exec=conky
To test Conky, run conky &

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Re: Conky Installation Problem (unsolved)

Post by lesdelc » Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:03 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. You are correct "The latest isn't always better". I have run Linux since 2002 and have seen many things. Every problem has a solution. I am using Mint in my home office. It has been the most stable program right out of the box. Conky would be nice but the world has not ended. I am totally satisfied with Mint 19 & LibreOffice. Thanks for the help.

-Les-
Valsodar wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:58 am
Mint 19 has issues with conky and many other programs. That's why I keep running 18.3. The latest isn't always better - understand that finally.

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Re: Conky Installation Problem (unsolved)

Post by smurphos » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:53 pm

lesdelc wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:03 pm
Thanks for the quick reply. You are correct "The latest isn't always better". I have run Linux since 2002 and have seen many things. Every problem has a solution. I am using Mint in my home office. It has been the most stable program right out of the box. Conky would be nice but the world has not ended. I am totally satisfied with Mint 19 & LibreOffice. Thanks for the help.

-Les-
Valsodar wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:58 am
Mint 19 has issues with conky and many other programs. That's why I keep running 18.3. The latest isn't always better - understand that finally.
There is nothing wrong with conky in Mint 19 - it works just fine.

lesdelc - conky doesn't have a settings GUi and it not designed to be launched from the menu. Follow administrollaattori's instructions for install and basic set up or take a look at Pjotr's guide here - https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... forxubuntu

@administrollaattori - I wish you had an easier to spell user name.... :) :wink: :roll:

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Re: Conky Installation Problem (Solved)

Post by lesdelc » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:22 pm

Thanks for the reply. Pjotr's Guide is the solution. Works great. I had no problem in following the guide. It displays the needed resources to monitor. You made my day!

How about this for my user name: lesdelc. Longer :lol:
smurphos wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:53 pm
lesdelc wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:03 pm
Thanks for the quick reply. You are correct "The latest isn't always better". I have run Linux since 2002 and have seen many things. Every problem has a solution. I am using Mint in my home office. It has been the most stable program right out of the box. Conky would be nice but the world has not ended. I am totally satisfied with Mint 19 & LibreOffice. Thanks for the help.

-Les-
Valsodar wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:58 am
Mint 19 has issues with conky and many other programs. That's why I keep running 18.3. The latest isn't always better - understand that finally.
There is nothing wrong with conky in Mint 19 - it works just fine.

lesdelc - conky doesn't have a settings GUi and it not designed to be launched from the menu. Follow administrollaattori's instructions for install and basic set up or take a look at Pjotr's guide here - https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... forxubuntu

@administrollaattori - I wish you had an easier to spell user name.... :) :wink: :roll:

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