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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Hi , well i followed ur post but conky not working

    Code:
    Conky: use_spacer should have an argument of left, right, or none.  'yes' seems to be some form of 'true', so defaulting to right.
    Conky: can't load font 'arial'
    Conky: desktop window (14000a8) is subwindow of root window (8b)
    Conky: window type - override
    Conky: drawing to created window (0x4400003)
    Conky: drawing to single buffer
    (Not all processes could be identified, non-owned process info
     will not be shown, you would have to be root to see it all.)
    Thanks

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    I've never been able to get my font to show either.

    I've tried

    fc-cache -f -v ~/.fonts

    from the terminal to get my fonts in ~/.fonts to show, and I've edited the .conkyrc file like this:

    font -*-Treamd-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Yet I still see a generic font. Nothing I put in works.

    I've gotten most everything else cleaned up, and now I see this when I run conky from the terminal:

    bill@bill-desktop:~$ conky
    Conky: can't load font '-*-Treamd-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*'
    Conky: desktop window (10000ba) is subwindow of root window (13b)
    Conky: window type - override
    Conky: drawing to created window (2e00003)
    Conky: drawing to double buffer


    *EDIT: I set xft to true, and changed the font entry to xftfont Treadm:size=8, and sure enough, the "can't load font" message is gone, but the font I see is not Treadm. And I don't see any more cpu usage than without xft.
    Last edited by BLTicklemonster; December 30th, 2008 at 11:48 AM.

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    i followed this script word to word.
    i get my conky started up but i see the box around it and when ever i open a new window in the full screen ,conky overlaps it(seems to be above all) yes,i have AWN and Compiz running. i have made the script file (.conky_start.sh) and placed it in /home and made it an executable as well and added this script file in the start up under sessions. the command i used to make it executable is the chmod as directed and the command i sued in the start up session manager was just conky_start.sh

    what am i doing wrong?

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Same problem as mikull except it seems to go away occasionally if I move it around the desktop...

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    wonder what is happening?!!? as of now i do a killall and restart conky.
    solutions?!?! any1?

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Quote Originally Posted by seldon77 View Post
    cool.. i'm going to try to install it now...

    Also.. is there a place I can download that hires background with the tower?

    Thanks
    -EB

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Quote Originally Posted by FerociousTwig View Post
    Same problem as mikull except it seems to go away occasionally if I move it around the desktop...
    hmmmm.... are you running the /conky_start.sh script properly - rather than just running 'conky'?

    If you just run conky at bootup, then compiz can get confused and think it's a window and draw a border around it and shadows, etc.

    Best to run a little script that calls the sleep command, and runs conky about 60 seconds after the desktop has all started up (as in the instructions).

    Let me know whether this fixes it, or if there are still problems.

    As for the font issue, it is a problem with conky. Removing the line (which causes the error) unfortunately causes other font problems. I think conky colours (from gnomelook.org) has worked out a way not to get the font error message and choose a font. Check their script. Otherwise, you don't see the error if running it via the gnome startup program so its not something I've worried about too much.


    As for the background, I think it is from deviantart.com (try ~americanpsycho who does some cool backgrounds, I think that one was his). If not, search the top surreal / landscapes on deviantart. Some great stuff there.
    <a href="http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net" title="The Ubuntu Counter Project - user number # 8807"><img src="http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net/img/ubuntu-user.php?user=8807" alt="The Ubuntu Counter Project - user number # 8807" /></a>

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Quote Originally Posted by haneya View Post
    Hi , well i followed ur post but conky not working

    Code:
    Conky: use_spacer should have an argument of left, right, or none.  'yes' seems to be some form of 'true', so defaulting to right.
    Conky: can't load font 'arial'
    Conky: desktop window (14000a8) is subwindow of root window (8b)
    Conky: window type - override
    Conky: drawing to created window (0x4400003)
    Conky: drawing to single buffer
    (Not all processes could be identified, non-owned process info
     will not be shown, you would have to be root to see it all.)
    Thanks
    These errors should be minor and in the background & not stop conky from working. However, I've updated the script to remove the errors.

    Thanks for the bug report.
    <a href="http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net" title="The Ubuntu Counter Project - user number # 8807"><img src="http://ubuntucounter.geekosophical.net/img/ubuntu-user.php?user=8807" alt="The Ubuntu Counter Project - user number # 8807" /></a>

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Quote Originally Posted by mikull View Post
    wonder what is happening?!!? as of now i do a killall and restart conky.
    solutions?!?! any1?
    I'm running Xubuntu 8.10-64bit and have a nice little script that will do just nicely what you want.

    ssc.sh (Star/Stop Conky)
    Code:
    #!/bin/sh
    
    # click to start, click to stop
    
    if pidof conky | grep [0-9] > /dev/null
    then
     exec killall conky
    else
    #sleep 3  # sleep not required for xfce on startup - 30 or more for others
    conky -c ~/Conky/conkymain &
    #sleep 3
    conky -c ~/Conky/conkyforecast &
    #sleep 3
    conky -c ~/Conky/conkyemail &
    #sleep 3 &&
    conky -c ~/Conky/conkygcal &
    #sleep 3 &&
    conky -c ~/Conky/todo &
     exit
    fi
    Obviously you will have to modify it to your setup.

    Because sleep is not required for Xfce I have then commented out and use it in my auto-startup routine.

    I also have an icon on my panel pointing to the script so when I make changes I can see then instantly by one click (off) and a second click (on).

    Now if you need a sleep function for auto-start (GNOME, Compiz etc) great, but there is nothing saying you can't reproduce the script with no sleep function to be used with the icon for when you are editing. After all, your desktop is already up and running.

    Have a nice day
    Bruce

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    Re: Howto: setup Conky in Hardy and Ibex

    Quote Originally Posted by seldon77 View Post
    As for the background, I think it is from deviantart.com (try ~americanpsycho who does some cool backgrounds, I think that one was his). If not, search the top surreal / landscapes on deviantart. Some great stuff there.
    I couldn't find that one (searched for about an hour), but your right, there are alot of great images there.. THANKS..

    -EB

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