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    Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Hi,

    I had a nice conky script that showed information in the right-hand corner and was transparent. After upgrading from 18.10 to 19.04
    - the background is black
    - the refresh is not working, new information like top processes is written over the existing information without clearing it

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    I changed the following line in .conkyrc from:
    > own_window_transparent yes
    to
    > own_window_transparent no

    This made it usable again, but I'd prefer being able to leave it transparent.

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Thanx for the tip, at least it is workable now. But I also prefer it the way it was and I hope there will be another answer or a fix soon.

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Ubuntu (as well as almost all distros) is in the process of transitioning from X11 to Wayland. Conky scripts are expected to be major ongoing casualties, even where X11 is still used. X11 maintenance is falling by the wayside and bugs/regressions are taking longer to fix (if at all).

    One of the longest-running and most active threads on the forums is this Conky thread. It contains a wealth of info re fine-tuning Conky scripts, although I doubt that it's gotten to Wayland yet. Definitely worth examining, though be prepared for a long read. Please use good netiquette if posting, as it is called "best Conky screenshots" and not "help with Conky scripts", though the two topics are obviously somewhat related.

    Remember that, if asking for technical help, to do so in the technical subforums.

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Testing with nvidia drivers in 19.04, I can resolve the problem by using real transparency...own_window_argb_visual
    For latest configs use...
    Code:
    own_window_argb_visual = true,
    own_window_argb_value = 0,
    For old configs use ...
    Code:
    own_window_argb_visual yes
    own_window_argb_value 0

    **Note: If you want a semi-transparent window also turn off fake transparency.
    New config...
    Code:
    own_window_transparent = false,
    Old config...
    Code:
    own_window_transparent no
    Then set your "own_window_argb_value".
    Valid range is 0-255, where 0 is 0% opacity, and 255 is 100% opacity.

    Last edited by again?; April 28th, 2019 at 08:48 AM.

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    I'm having the same problem after upgrading. The transparency was fine for a while but has suddenly gone to a black background. I am using true transparency
    Here is my config. Would appreciate any thoughts.

    Code:
    conky.config = {
        
        update_interval = 1,
        cpu_avg_samples = 2,
        net_avg_samples = 2,
        out_to_console = false,
        override_utf8_locale = true,
        double_buffer = true,
        no_buffers = true,
        text_buffer_size = 32768,
        imlib_cache_size = 0,
        own_window = true,
        own_window_type = 'normal',
        own_window_argb_visual = true,
        own_window_argb_value =0,
        own_window_hints = 'undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager',
        border_inner_margin = 5,
        border_outer_margin = 10,
        -- xinerama_head = 1,
        alignment = 'bottom_right',
        gap_x = 0,
        gap_y = 33,
        draw_shades = false,
        draw_outline = true,
        draw_borders = false,
        draw_graph_borders = true,
        use_xft = true,
        font = 'Ubuntu Mono:size=12',
        -- xftalpha = 0.8,
        uppercase = false,
        default_color = 'yellow',
        own_window_colour = '#000000',
        minimum_width = 300, minimum_height = 0,
        alignment = 'top_right',
        
        };
    Last edited by deadflowr; June 10th, 2019 at 07:01 PM. Reason: code tags

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Using your config, transparency works for me in up to date 19.04 with nvidia or nouveau gfx drivers.
    Try restarting conky ....
    Code:
    killall -SIGUSR1 conky
    Also check in a new user account to eliminate residual configs.
    Last edited by again?; June 10th, 2019 at 04:00 AM.

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Tried your suggestion, but no joy. Thanks for checking the conky, it must be some issue I have with a desktop setting.

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    Re: Conky looks weird after upgrade 18.10 to 19.04

    Check your gfx drivers.
    Code:
    lspci -k | grep -A3 VGA

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