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    [SOLVED] Having trouble with Conky text files

    I'm trying to use conky to display a to do list on my desktop. Should be pretty simple, but I'm having trouble configuring the conkyrc config file correctly. I get nothing on the desktop, sometimes I can even tell that it started (because I see the desktop flicker) but nothing shows up. Here is how it looks:

    # 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.
    # - tail of /var/log/messages 
    # - netstat connections to your computer
    # -- Pengo (
    # 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
    # Maximum size of buffer for user text, i.e. below TEXT line.
    max_user_text 16384
    # stuff after 'TEXT' will be formatted on screen
    ${color orange}TO DO ${hr 2}$color
    ${execi 2 less /home/robert/Documents/todo/todo.txt}
    I have fiddled around with it quite a bit. At first I used cat instead of less for the last line. But replacing it with less worked, until I rebooted. I am running Hardy Heron, GNOME, and Compiz on a HP dv9000, with conky version 1.6.1.

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by RobertWaelder; October 26th, 2008 at 07:44 PM.

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