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  1. #821
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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Well I guess I've lurked long enough. Hello everyone

    This thread was a good read. Started on page 1 and kept getting all scramble up with what I wanted to do with conky. Gave me a chance to see how this has evolved and I have to said I am happy with the results. Thanks for putting this guide together and thanks for sharing your configurations.

    I did have one quick question. When using the music player is it possible to use multiple languages at once? Some of my songs have Japanese characters. I can switch between the two but can't seem to get conky to pick up on one language or the other.

  2. #822

    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Greetings People

    I have a C module I have now named it "Magellan" - it calculates the astronomical data.

    I have not been able to find a way to have it automatically compiled on user's system and the final file copied to the lib directory under conkywx.

    The only way it seems to work is the end user runs "make" in the magellan source directory under conkywx and copies the magellan file to the lib directory.

    Is there a better way ???

    People have many different architectures like 32, 64 or even Atom.


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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Upgraded my main Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS install to Precise 12.4.2 LTS and noticed my 1TB Fantom USB drive stated 0G / 0G 0%.
    I had to change that line in the .conky file all instances of
    Code:
    /media/cavsfan/Fantom 
    to
    /media/Fantom
    Then it worked again.
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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Quote Originally Posted by foodoo View Post
    Hello Mr JJ,

    here are my options when using Gnome-Shell

    own_window yes
    own_window_transparent yes
    own_window_type normal
    own_window_class conky-semi
    own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

    own_window_argb_visual yes
    own_window_argb_value 255


    Many thanks Sean

    Hi there,

    I am using Cinnamon, but I had a similar problem. After spending several hours, I solved it using this configuration:

    Code:
    own_window yes
    own_window_transparent yes #when set to 'no' conky appears against a black background
    own_window_type dock
    own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
    The thing is, after using that, the "alignment" variable doesnt work anymore, so you will have to play with gap_x and gap_y to position conky. Other than that, it works perfectly.

    Regards
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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Hi Primolarry,

    Sadly I have never played around with Cinnamon but i presume it should work the same as Ubuntu.

    conky does have one or two bugs in it which are related to the issues described.

    When I first got involved with conky, I used to simply start conky with a terminal command and found that whenever it started it would simply vanish from the screen. I found out that conky was using the original .conkyrc better known as (conky.conf) installed in /etc/conky, this I learnt was the wrong way to run conky!
    I learnt that you must create a new .conkyrc file and place it directly in your home folder and then call this in a terminal like this:

    conky -d -c /home/username/.conkyrc

    and super! no more vanishing problems

    as to the "own_window_type" I am running two screens in twin mode and I wanted conky to display on the right hand side of my first screen but due to this bug I was having problems with the position, I tried "desktop, dock and normal" and found that "dock" suited me the best but as you have explained I needed to adjust the x and y values to get it to sit exactly where I would like it to sit.

    Sadly this is one of the bugs i have spoken about which will probably be sorted out in the next conky version (hopefully).
    so anyway I now have conky displaying on my second screen on the right hand side and I am using "own_window_type normal".
    Conky behaves it's self very well using this setting and my x an y values are 40 off the top of the screen and 10 off the side of the screen.

    So this leads me to one or two question: are you running conky using the conky.conf in /etc/conky or have you placed a .conkyrc in your home
    folder ?

    this is important to get conky to display correctly.

    I hope this helps you.
    please let me know how you get on

    many thanks Sean

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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Quote Originally Posted by foodoo View Post
    I learnt that you must create a new .conkyrc file and place it directly in your home folder and then call this in a terminal like this:

    conky -d -c /home/username/.conkyrc
    Hi...

    That isn't entirely true. It's not a must, it's a convenient option.
    -c | --config= FILE
    Config file to load instead of $HOME/.conkyrc

    -d | --daemonize
    Daemonize Conky, aka fork to background
    if you install conky on a system that has never had conky on it then:
    Code:
    conky
    will start the ugly (opinion) default conky:
    Code:
    /etc/conky/conky.conf
    Now, create a '~/.conkyrc' and
    Code:
    conky
    alone in a terminal will start that by default. You don't need
    Code:
    -d -c /home/username/.conkyrc
    As seen above -c is used to call a config file that is not $HOME/.conkyrc, and that's why people can run multiple conkys.

    $HOME = ~

    None of my regular conkys are in my ~/ directory and none are called conkyrc. A conky file can be called anything you want.

    • foodoo.txt
    • conky.conky
    • year.2013
    • .ubunturc

    as long as the syntax in the files are correct.

    Some examples on starting them:
    Code:
    conky -c /media/data/foodoo/foodoo.txt &
    conky -c ~/foodoo.conky &
    conky -c ~/.ubunturc &
    in a terminal. They will display quite nicely on your screen as long as the conky syntax is correct.

    My main conky is called: S11_ConkyForecast_2013
    and it resides at: /media/5/Conky/S11_ConkyForecast_2013

    I start that with:
    Code:
    conky -c /media/5/Conky/S11_ConkyForecast_2013 &
    I don't daemonize it. It is one of 7 I run today.

  7. #827

    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Quote Originally Posted by Sector11 View Post
    Hi...
    That is correct.

    I handle some questions from users with similar issues and they all boil down to the fact that you can pass your rc file to conky with a -c option - basically path to the config file.

  8. #828

    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Quote Originally Posted by foodoo View Post
    Hello everybody,

    Sometimes I can get angry with the world and this week seems to have been one of those occasions!

    I am sick and tired of fraudsters who try to extort money from computer users.

    Here's what I have had to put up with this week:
    Hey Sean - very informative rant re D-link he he

    Ok so you have that off your chest - have some beer lol

    I have been under the radar for a while - now am crawling back - conkywx 0.9.0 has been waiting to get out - so lets see...

    cheers

  9. #829
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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Hello sector 11,

    Thanks for your input nice to see some other options! i am no expert and i stand corrected.
    Great thanks for that.

    Sean
    Last edited by foodoo; February 18th, 2013 at 11:04 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: VinDSL Conky Script

    Hi Paramvir,

    Yes i'm sorry about my rant, there is quite a list of these routers putting people at risk and i'm wondering how "dopey" and his buddies get the phone numbers in the first place! I am thinking maybe the unprotected routers can also give the number of the phone line or something like that.
    here's a bit more info for your reading pleasure.
    http://www.h-online.com/security/new...s-1800471.html

    Anyway i'm looking forward to the next version of conkywx

    have a nice day Sean.
    Last edited by foodoo; February 18th, 2013 at 12:36 PM.

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