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  1. #1
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    Help: Conky Issues

    Please help. I'm new to Ubuntu and i'm trying to install conky. I'm currently running 8.04 and Compiz Fusion.

    What I've tried:


    1. Terminal

    I've installed using the "sudo apt-get install conky" command and supposedly it worked. When I tried the 'conky' command in Alt+f2 nothing happens. When I try to conky a command in the command prompt(even the sample configuration file provided in the package) I get the message "Conky: missing text block in configuration; exiting".

    2. Synaptic Package Manager

    After conky didn't work I uninstalled it and installed using the synaptic package manager with the same results as above.


    Am I doing something wrong? I've tried a few configuration files as well as the sample one provided in the package. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong.

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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    Did you have the config file saved in ~/.conkyrc?

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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    Not exactly sure what your problem could be, do u have AWN installed by any chance? It installed fine for me

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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    are u trying to run this while compiz is running ?? if so u need to edit eh .conkyrc and add this to it to make it visible..

    Code:
    own_window no
    own_window_type override
    own_window_transparent yes
    own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by pmaconi View Post
    Did you have the config file saved in ~/.conkyrc?
    Yes I did.

    Bubba I do have AWN.

    Plasma, conky didn't work before I had compiz fusion installed. It didn't work while I had CF installed and now that I've removed CF, it still does not work.

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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    Could you post your .conkyrc?
    If I'm not being clear enough or giving you enough information, just ask

    "But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up."

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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Lars View Post
    Could you post your .conkyrc?
    I have tried this:
    PHP Code:
    # Conky sample configuration
    #
    # the list of variables has been removed from this file in favour
    # of keeping the documentation more maintainable.
    # Check http://conky.sf.net for an up-to-date-list.

    # set to yes if you want Conky to be forked in the background
    background no

    # 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

    # Text alpha when using Xft
    xftalpha 0.8

    # Print everything to stdout?
    # out_to_console no

    # MPD host/port
    # mpd_host localhost
    # mpd_port 6600
    # mpd_password tinker_bell

    # Print everything to console?
    # out_to_console no

    # mail spool
    mail_spool $MAIL

    # Update interval in seconds
    update_interval 5.0

    # This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
    # Set to zero to run forever.
    total_run_times 0

    # Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
    own_window yes

    # If own_window is yes, you may use type normal, desktop or override
    own_window_type normal

    # Use pseudo transparency with own_window?
    own_window_transparent yes

    # If own_window_transparent is set to no, you can set the background colour here
    own_window_colour hotpink

    # If own_window is yes, these window manager hints may be used
    #own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

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

    # Minimum size of text area
    minimum_size 280 5

    # Draw shades?
    draw_shades yes

    # Draw outlines?
    draw_outline no

    # Draw borders around text
    draw_borders yes

    # Draw borders around graphs
    draw_graph_borders yes

    # Stippled borders?
    stippled_borders 8

    # border margins
    border_margin 4

    # border width
    border_width 1

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

    # Text alignment, other possible values are commented
    #alignment top_left
    #alignment top_right
    alignment bottom_left
    #alignment bottom_right
    #alignment none

    # Gap between borders of screen and text
    # same thing as passing -x at command line
    gap_x 12
    gap_y 12

    # 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 none

    # Allow each port monitor to track at most this many connections (if 0 or not set, default is 256)
    #max_port_monitor_connections 256

    # Maximum number of special things, e.g. fonts, offsets, aligns, etc.
    #max_specials 512

    # Maximum size of buffer for user text, i.e. below TEXT line.
    #max_user_text 16384

    # Timing interval for music player thread, e.g. mpd, audacious
    #music_player_interval (update_interval is default)

    # 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
    $nodename 
    $sysname $kernel on $machine
    $stippled_hr
    ${color lightgrey}Uptime:$color $uptime ${color lightgrey}- Load:$color $loadavg
    ${color lightgrey}CPU Usage:${color #cc2222} $cpu% ${cpubar}
    ${color red}${cpugraph 0000ff 00ff00}
    ${
    color lightgrey}RAM Usage:$color $mem/$memmax $memperc% ${membar}
    ${
    color lightgrey}Swap Usage:$color $swap/$swapmax $swapperc% ${swapbar}
    ${
    color lightgrey}Processes:$color $processes  ${color grey}Running:$color $running_processes
    $color$stippled_hr
    ${color lightgrey}Networking:
     
    Down:${color #8844ee} ${downspeed eth0} k/s${color lightgrey} ${offset 80}Up:${color #22ccff} ${upspeed eth0} k/s
    ${color #0000ff}${downspeedgraph eth0 32,150 ff0000 0000ff} ${color #22ccff}${upspeedgraph eth0 32,150 0000ff ff0000}
    ${color lightgrey}File systems:
     / 
    $color${fs_used /}/${fs_size /} ${fs_bar /}
    ${
    color #88aadd}MPD: ${alignc}$mpd_artist - $mpd_title
    ${color #88aadd}$mpd_bar
    ${color #88aadd}${alignc}$mpd_status
    ${color}Name              PID     CPU%   MEM%
    ${
    color #ddaa00} ${top name 1} ${top pid 1} ${top cpu 1} ${top mem 1}
    ${color lightgrey} ${top name 2} ${top pid 2} ${top cpu 2} ${top mem 2}
    ${
    color lightgrey} ${top name 3} ${top pid 3} ${top cpu 3} ${top mem 3}
    ${
    color lightgrey} ${top name 4} ${top pid 4} ${top cpu 4} ${top mem 4}
    ${
    color}Mem usage
    ${color #ddaa00} ${top_mem name 1} ${top_mem pid 1} ${top_mem cpu 1} ${top_mem mem 1}
    ${color lightgrey} ${top_mem name 2} ${top_mem pid 2} ${top_mem cpu 2} ${top_mem mem 2}
    ${
    color lightgrey} ${top_mem name 3} ${top_mem pid 3} ${top_mem cpu 3} ${top_mem mem 3}
    $stippled_hr
    ${color #ddaa00}Port(s)${alignr}#Connections   
    $color Inbound: ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 count}  Outbound: ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 count}${alignr}ALL: ${tcp_portmon 1 65535 count}
    ${
    color #ddaa00}Inbound Connection ${alignr} Local Service/Port$color
     
    ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 0} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 0}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 1} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 1}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 2} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 2}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 3} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 3}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 4} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 4}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 1 32767 rhost 5} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 lservice 5}
    ${
    color #ddaa00}Outbound Connection ${alignr} Remote Service/Port$color
     
    ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 0} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 0}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 1} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 1}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 2} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 2}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 3} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 3}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 4} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 4}
     ${
    tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rhost 5} ${alignr} ${tcp_portmon 32768 61000 rservice 5
    As well as this:

    PHP Code:
    # UBUNTU-CONKY
    # A comprehensive conky script, configured for use on
    # Ubuntu / Debian Gnome, without the need for any external scripts.
    #
    # Based on conky-jc and the default .conkyrc.
    # INCLUDES:
    # - tail of /var/log/messages 
    # - netstat connections to your computer
    #
    # -- Pengo (conky@pengo.us)
    #

    # Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
    own_window yes
    own_window_type override
    own_window_transparent yes
    own_window_hints undecorated
    ,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

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

    # fiddle with window
    use_spacer yes
    use_xft no

    # Update interval in seconds
    update_interval 3.0

    # Minimum size of text area
    # minimum_size 250 5

    # Draw shades?
    draw_shades no

    # Text stuff
    draw_outline no # amplifies text if yes
    draw_borders no
    font arial
    uppercase no 
    # set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase

    # Stippled borders?
    stippled_borders 3

    # border margins
    border_margin 9

    # border width
    border_width 10

    # Default colors and also border colors, grey90 == #e5e5e5
    default_color grey

    own_window_colour brown
    own_window_transparent yes

    # 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
    gap_x 10
    gap_y 10

    # stuff after 'TEXT' will be formatted on screen

    TEXT
    $color
    ${color orange}SYSTEM ${hr 2}$color
    $nodename $sysname $kernel on $machine

    ${color orange}CPU ${hr 2}$color
    ${freq}MHz   Load: ${loadavg}   Temp: ${acpitemp}
    $cpubar
    ${cpugraph 000000 ffffff}
    NAME             PID       CPU%      MEM%
    ${
    top name 1} ${top pid 1}   ${top cpu 1}    ${top mem 1}
    ${
    top name 2} ${top pid 2}   ${top cpu 2}    ${top mem 2}
    ${
    top name 3} ${top pid 3}   ${top cpu 3}    ${top mem 3}
    ${
    top name 4} ${top pid 4}   ${top cpu 4}    ${top mem 4}

    ${
    color orange}MEMORY DISK ${hr 2}$color
    RAM
    :   $memperc%   ${membar 6}$color
    Swap
    :  $swapperc%   ${swapbar 6}$color

    Root
    :  ${fs_free_perc /}%   ${fs_bar 6 /}$color 
    hda1
    :  ${fs_free_perc /media/hda1}%   ${fs_bar 6 /media/hda1}$color
    hdb3
    :  ${fs_free_perc /media/hdb3}%   ${fs_bar 6 /media/hdb3}

    ${
    color orange}NETWORK (${addr eth0}) ${hr 2}$color
    Down
    $color${downspeed eth0k/${alignr}Up: ${upspeed eth0k/s
    ${downspeedgraph eth0 25,140 000000 ff0000} ${alignr}${upspeedgraph eth0 
    25
    ,140 000000 00ff00}$color
    Total
    : ${totaldown eth0} ${alignr}Total: ${totalup eth0}
    Inbound: ${tcp_portmon 1 32767 countOutbound: ${tcp_portmon 32768 
    61000 count
    }${alignr}Total: ${tcp_portmon 1 65535 count}

    ${
    color orange}LOGGING ${hr 2}$color
    ${execi 30 tail -n3 /var/log/messages fold -w50}

    ${
    color orange}FORTUNE ${hr 2}$color
    ${execi 120 fortune -fold -w50
    With both of those I get this message:
    Conky: missing text block in configuration; exiting

  8. #8
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    Re: Help: Conky Issues

    Where did you get those? If you haven't already, find a guide and use the exact file that it provides. You could also try reinstalling Conky.
    If I'm not being clear enough or giving you enough information, just ask

    "But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up."

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