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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    You need metacity (default window manager for ubuntu) running unless you have another window manager installed
    ie compiz
    I just did a bit of experimenting with metacity on my computer, and I need to set
    Code:
    own_window_type override
    for conky not to be minimized when I show the desktop.
    So it seems metacity doesn't use
    own_window_hints
    the same way as compiz does.
    Well, whatever I do, whatever I write in the conkyrc file, it just doesn't help. Almost everytime I return to my desktop the conky is gone. I'll attach my file so maybe somebody can see if there is something "illegal" in there.
    Last edited by DeMus; November 13th, 2010 at 10:14 AM.
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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Quote Originally Posted by DeMus View Post
    Well, whatever I do, whatever I write in the conkyrc file, it just doesn't help. Almost everytime I return to my desktop the conky is gone. I'll attach my file so maybe somebody can see if there is something "illegal" in there.
    Edit: Just checking -Do you restart conky after making changes to the config file.
    I can run your conky on my computer using the metacity window manager
    and conky behaves normally.
    What's confusing me is you said you were running AWN dock which requires a compositing window manager to run,
    and by default the metacity compositing feature is not enabled.
    Plus the fact that if I run your conky under metacity with compositing turned on
    it draws shadows around the border which cant be turned off.
    screenshot_078.png
    But in your screenshot there is no shadows to your conky.

    To tell what window manager you are using install wmctrl
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install wmctrl
    then open a terminal and type:
    Code:
    wmctrl -m
    When I am running metacity I get this
    Code:
    Name: Metacity
    Class: N/A
    PID: N/A
    Window manager's "showing the desktop" mode: OFF
    If you are running metacity to find out if the compositing feature is enabled open configuration editor
    Code:
    gconf-editor
    and goto /apps/metacity/general
    and look for compositing_manager.
    Last edited by stinkeye; October 15th, 2009 at 02:09 PM.

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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Stinkeye,
    When running wmctrl -m I get the same answer as you did:

    Name: Metacity
    Class: N/A
    PID: N/A
    Window manager's "showing the desktop" mode: OFF

    In the gconf-editor the compositing manager is not enabled.
    Should it be?
    DeMus

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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Quote Originally Posted by DeMus View Post
    Stinkeye,
    When running wmctrl -m I get the same answer as you did:

    Name: Metacity
    Class: N/A
    PID: N/A
    Window manager's "showing the desktop" mode: OFF

    In the gconf-editor the compositing manager is not enabled.
    Should it be?
    It should be to run AWN but doesn't need to be for conky.
    The things that differ on your system are
    64bit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,32bit
    AWN .......................dont run
    nVidia driver 190.36,,,,,,,nVidia driver 185.18
    So I'm all out of answers.
    If it's really annoying you, maybe install compiz and fusion-icon
    which enables you to easily switch between window managers
    screenshot_080.png

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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Quote Originally Posted by stinkeye View Post
    It should be to run AWN but doesn't need to be for conky.
    The things that differ on your system are
    64bit,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,32bit
    AWN .......................dont run
    nVidia driver 190.36,,,,,,,nVidia driver 185.18
    So I'm all out of answers.
    If it's really annoying you, maybe install compiz and fusion-icon
    which enables you to easily switch between window managers
    screenshot_080.png
    Well, I'm not fond of Compiz. It resembles too much like Vista with all the graphical "bullsh*t". I don't need a spinning desktop, or windows which faint away, or wobble when I move them. When I close a window it has to be closed: period. Not disappear in slow-motion.
    I did set the compositing manager in gconf-editor and until now Conky did not disappear again. No, just checked, it's still there.
    So maybe, we did find the answer.
    Thanks for all your help. Really appreciate it.


    Edit: it's 13 hours later now and still my conky did not disappear yet. I get more confident we did find the solution.
    Thanks again, mate.
    Last edited by DeMus; October 16th, 2009 at 05:06 AM. Reason: Add more info
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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Quote Originally Posted by DeMus View Post
    Well, I'm not fond of Compiz. It resembles too much like Vista with all the graphical "bullsh*t". I don't need a spinning desktop, or windows which faint away, or wobble when I move them. When I close a window it has to be closed: period. Not disappear in slow-motion.
    I did set the compositing manager in gconf-editor and until now Conky did not disappear again. No, just checked, it's still there.
    So maybe, we did find the answer.
    Thanks for all your help. Really appreciate it.


    Edit: it's 13 hours later now and still my conky did not disappear yet. I get more confident we did find the solution.
    Thanks again, mate.
    No problem. Glad to help.
    p.s. I love all the compiz whizbang fluff.

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    Re: Conky sometimes disappears

    Old topic, but can't find better for sharing my solution for this problem:

    I copied from somewhere my .conkyrc and with

    own_window_type override
    after I clicked first time on desktop conky window vanished. Then I tried

    own_window_type desktop
    but got same behaviour. What was irritating - after I edited .conkyrc and changed "desktop" for "override" or vice versa - conky would appear and stay. Until restart. As it would be kinda stupid to write script which would start some 3 minutes after desktop start which would just change desktop for override or vice versa I gave up for a while.

    Then one day I tried
    own_window_type normal
    And it worked! (it needed hints for not showing on desktop pager etc), but problem is finally solved.
    You have three possible parameters for own_window_type variable, you need to try all three and one will work, first you try with normal! It can save you a lot of time and frustration.

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