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Why use Conky?

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At the Risk of needing a new Thread,
why use Conky when other tools are pretty much taking care of everything already?
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AZgl1800 wrote: Wed Mar 02, 2022 9:59 pm why use Conky when other tools are pretty much taking care of everything already?
You need a new thread. Short answer is conky is endlessly configurable and can it the right hands can become a work of art as-well as an informational utility.
Mine is quite utilitarian but I've got all the info I need about my system state on the desktop and it looks quite nice.

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Re: Why use Conky?

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Conky tells me which OS I booted.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Was my 'Eye Candy' Got tired of it fast :mrgreen:
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Re: Why use Conky?

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it's like the dashboard on my car.
vital system information is displayed
I keep it active on the desktop, out of the way on the right side
I seldom run any app full screen, I can always see it
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Pepi wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 9:45 am Was my 'Eye Candy' Got tired of it fast :mrgreen:
that CLUTTER irritated me fast, I uninstalled it.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Heck, I could never even understand how to use the darned thing.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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AZgl1800 wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 10:31 am
Pepi wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 9:45 am Was my 'Eye Candy' Got tired of it fast :mrgreen:
that CLUTTER irritated me fast, I uninstalled it.
Same here - it boils down to individual preference. I am on the "clean" desktop side of the spectrum - I don't even like desktop shortcuts.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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majpooper wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 2:32 pm Same here - it boils down to individual preference. I am on the "clean" desktop side of the spectrum - I don't even like desktop shortcuts.
Says the man posting screenshots of those weird neon icon themes not ao long ago....no accounting for taste... :wink: :D
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Re: Why use Conky?

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smurphos wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 3:13 pm
majpooper wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 2:32 pm Same here - it boils down to individual preference. I am on the "clean" desktop side of the spectrum - I don't even like desktop shortcuts.
Says the man posting screenshots of those weird neon icon themes not ao long ago....no accounting for taste... :wink: :D


Well I must admit the candy-icon theme may seem a little garish to some . . . . let just say I like tacky but uncluttered.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Lol just messing - I'm a no to desktop launchers as-well. I see no point when I can tuck them away nicely in a panel or launch apps with keyboard shortcuts, but an informational desktop item, particularly one you can tweak so completely with regards to the information shown and how it actually looks - I don't see as clutter...

The default sample conky config is as ugly as sin, and to make the most of the utility both in looks, and in content requires an investment of time - maybe trawling the net for an already done config that is close to your needs, and spending the time reading the documentation and tweaking the default or a found config to your liking. It's a tool, a very versatile tool, but one that isn't just pick up and use.

It doesn't have to be system info shown - conky can be a calendar, a news ticker, weather report, sports scores, thought for the day, prayer-book readings .etc. -- whatever floats your boat and is useful to you to have at a glance when you switch on, or hover the show desktop...

With respect to Flemur and sdibaja I don't think their examples show conky at it's prettiest... :wink:
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smurphos wrote: Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:44 am Lol just messing - I'm a no to desktop launchers as-well. I see no point when I can tuck them away nicely in a panel or launch apps with keyboard shortcuts, but an informational desktop item, particularly one you can tweak so completely with regards to the information shown and how it actually looks - I don't see as clutter...
Me too; conky and the foobar toolbar on the only things on my screen:
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But you can find all kindsa funky conky setups in "deviant art" or "xfce look":
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Re: Why use Conky?

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I don't quite get the point either. My new MX 21 KDE install in my daily driver came with conky enabled, those guys at MX still seem quite enamored of it. I took it out of the autostarted app list pretty fast.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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smurphos wrote: Fri Mar 04, 2022 12:44 am Lol just messing
No problem taken all in good fun.
I personally just don't have a need to see what at % my 8 cores are running or CPU temp, I have the date and time unobtrusively in the panel, let alone the version of mint or what kernel version I am running - I know that anyway, and so on and so forth. I suppose if you are a gamer or developer that runs you rig pretty near it's max and have a bunch of different systems then that stuff is important. But again, I get the "it's what I like " thing (just look at my "crapped up car" according to my wife). Several months ago I made a desktop, theme and Icon theme for a friend and he wanted everything dark dark dark his laptop looks like something Darth Vader would love - it's hideous . . . and I did it for him! :? :oops:
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Re: Why use Conky?

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There are many reasons for Conky. Most of them have already been mentioned.
e.g. To have the condition of the computer always in view. Or just because it looks good ;)
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Bleys wrote: Thu Apr 21, 2022 7:51 am There are many reasons for Conky. Most of them have already been mentioned.
e.g. To have the condition of the computer always in view. Or just because it looks good ;)
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Looks great.
Share the code?

I use a bit more spartan conky, using the lean-conky as a template
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Re: Why use Conky?

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A 2nd request for a share of that config...My CPU section takes up to much space, I like what you've got there.
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Lean Conky is here
https://github.com/jxai/lean-conky-config

"One notable feature is automatic discovery of devices such as network interfaces and mounted disks. "
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Re: Why use Conky?

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Using hwmon for Sensors and SSD Temp., adapt to your own values.
At the end is a part that is only displayed when Audacious is running. And at the very end I have a display for me (the phone icon) that shows me if Roger Router is still running in the background.

If you are using the Audacious progress bar and cover display, the option - plugin "Title change" must be activated in the Audacious options with the following setting:

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cp /tmp/audacious-temp* /tmp/audacious-cover.jpg
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conky.config = {
-- — Conky settings — #

	background = true,
	update_interval = 1,
	total_run_times = 0,
	net_avg_samples = 2,
	cpu_avg_samples = 1,
	no_buffers = true,
	imlib_cache_size = 0,
	
	top_cpu_separate = false,
	
--	draw_shades = true,
	draw_graph_borders = true,
	draw_outline = false,

-- — Window specifications — #

	own_window = true,
	own_window_type = desktop,
    	own_window_transparent = false,
	own_window_hints = 'undecorated,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,below',
	own_window_argb_visual = true,
	own_window_argb_value = 60,
	own_window_colour = '000000',
	double_buffer = true,
	
	minimum_width = 250, minimum_height = 450,
	alignment = 'top_right',
	
	border_inner_margin = 10,

	gap_x = 15,
	gap_y = 15,

-- — Text settings — #
	use_xft = true,
	font = 'Ubuntu:size=8',
	override_utf8_locale = true,

	default_color = '#FFFFFF',
	color0 = white,
	color1 = '#AEEEEE',
	color2 = '#9933CC',
	color3 = '#0ab1ff', -- Light Blue
	color4 = '#4682B4', -- Steel Blue
	color5 = '#9FB6CD', -- Slate Grey
	color6 = '#000000', -- Black
	color7 = '#888888', -- Grey

	default_bar_width=100,
	default_bar_height=2,
		
};
conky.text = [[
${hr 4}
${voffset 10}
${font LCD2:size=36}${goto 20}${color0}${time %H}${voffset -12}:${voffset 12}${time %M}${font}
${goto 20}${execbar date +%S | awk -F: '{ print int(100/60*$1) }'}
${voffset -90}
${font Ubuntu Mono:bold:pixelsize=16}${goto 130}${color0}${execpi 300 ncal -Mb| head -n 1}${color1}${font Ubuntu Mono:bold:pixelsize=12}
${goto 145}Mo Di Mi Do Fr ${color cyan}Sa So${color}
${goto 145}${color3}${execpi 120 LAR=`date +%-d`; ncal -bh | sed '2d' | sed -e '1d' -e 's/\<'$LAR'\>/${color magenta}&${color}/' | sed ':a;N;$!ba;s/\n/\n${goto 145}/g'}${color}${font}
${font ConkySymbols:size=16}f${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16} Ryzen 5 3400G ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
${goto 15}$color5${cpugraph cpu1 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu2 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu3 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu4 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu5 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu6 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu7 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}${cpugraph cpu8 20,31 009bf9 ff0000 -t}
${voffset -26}${font Ubuntu Mono:bold:pixelsize=10}${goto 20}$color${freq_g 1}${goto 51}${freq_g 2}${goto 82}${freq_g 3}${goto 113}${freq_g 4}${goto 144}${freq_g 5}${goto 175}${freq_g 6}${goto 206}${freq_g 7}${goto 237}${freq_g 8}
${voffset 10}$color${font ConkySymbols:size=16}h${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16} Sensoren ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
$color3${goto 15}Ryzen Temp.:  $color${alignr 120} ${hwmon 1 temp 1input}°C
$color3${goto 15}Fan:  $color ${alignr 120}${hwmon 2 fan 1input} U/min
${color3}${goto 15}Vcore:  $color${alignr 120}${hwmon 2 in 0input}V
${color3}${goto 15}SSD Temp.:  $color${alignr 120}${hwmon 0 temp 1input}°C${voffset 4}
${font ConkySymbols:size=16}n${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16} Prozesse ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
${goto 15}${color3}Name${alignr 60}PID${alignr 30}CPU%${alignr 10}MEM%
${goto 15}${color magenta}${top name 1}${alignr 70}${top pid 1}${alignr 40}${top cpu 1}${alignr 10}${top mem 1}
${goto 15}$color${top name 2}${alignr 70}${top pid 2}${alignr 40}${top cpu 2}${alignr 10}${top mem 2}
${goto 15}$color${top name 3}${alignr 70}${top pid 3}${alignr 40}${top cpu 3}${alignr 10}${top mem 3}
${goto 15}$color${top name 4}${alignr 70}${top pid 4}${alignr 40}${top cpu 4}${alignr 10}${top mem 4}${voffset 4}
${font ConkySymbols:size=16}J${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16} RAM ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
$color3${font}${goto 15}RAM: $color $mem/$memmax ${goto 150}$color5${membar 8,115}${voffset 4}
$color3${font}${goto 15}SWAP: $color $swapperc% ${goto 150}$color5${swapbar 8,115}
${font ConkySymbols:size=16}b${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16}${color} Netzwerk ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
$color3${goto 15}Down:$color  ${downspeed enp7s0} $color3${goto 150}Up:$color  ${upspeed enp7s0}
$color3${goto 15}Total:$color  ${totaldown enp7s0} ${color lightgrey} ${goto 150}${color3}Total:$color  ${totalup enp7s0}
$color3${goto 15}$color5 ${downspeedgraph enp7s0 24,115 009bf9 0000ee -t} ${goto 150}${upspeedgraph enp7s0 24,115 009bf9 0000ee -t}
$color3${goto 15}IPs:$color ${addr enp7s0} ${goto 150}${execi 7200 ~/.Conky/ip.sh}${voffset 4}
${font ConkySymbols:size=16}k${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16} SSD/HDD ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
$color3${goto 15}System:$color${alignr 10} ${fs_used /}/${fs_size /} ${goto 160}$color5${fs_bar 8,105 /}
$color3${goto 15}Home:$color${alignr 10} ${fs_used /home}/${fs_size /home} ${goto 160}$color5${fs_bar 8,105 /home}
$color3${goto 15}3TB:$color${alignr 10} ${execpi 60 if [ -d "/media/ralf/3TB" ]; then  echo \${fs_used /media/ralf/3TB}"/"\${fs_size /media/ralf/3TB} \${goto 160}\${color5}\${fs_bar 8,105 /media/ralf/3TB}; else  echo "nicht gemounted"; fi} ${voffset 4}
${font ConkySymbols:size=16}u$color${font Dyuthi:pixelsize=16} System ${hr 2}${font}${voffset 4}
$color3${alignc}${execi 3600 lsb_release -ds} - $kernel
${alignc}Uptime: ${color}${uptime_short}#${voffset 1}
${if_running audacious}
${hr 2}${font}${voffset 2}
	${alignc}${exec audtool current-song-tuple-data artist}
	${alignc}${exec audtool current-song-tuple-data title}
#    ${audacious_title 50}
	${alignc}${audacious_bar 8,200}
	${image /tmp/audacious-cover.jpg -p 25,718 -s 200x200}
	${voffset 190}#${alignc}
${endif}
${if_running roger}${font Wingdings:size=12}(${font} ${endif}${hr 4}
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Re: Why use Conky?

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majpooper wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 2:32 pm
AZgl1800 wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 10:31 am
Pepi wrote: Thu Mar 03, 2022 9:45 am Was my 'Eye Candy' Got tired of it fast :mrgreen:
that CLUTTER irritated me fast, I uninstalled it.
Same here - it boils down to individual preference. I am on the "clean" desktop side of the spectrum - I don't even like desktop shortcuts.
Yep--I get that way sometimes as well. But I do like the info. My solution is a panel launcher for conky.
conky off.jpg
conky off
conky on.jpg
conky on
Shows the packet flow, ram and cpu usage, core and graphic temps, open ports, etc.
@Hoser Rob I also disliked the MX conky
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