Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to install & configuring conky on Archlinux

Conky is a free system monitor software for the X. It is runs for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD. It is released under the terms of the GPL license. Conky is able to monitor many system variables including memory, CPU, disk space, swap, temperature, top, upload, download, system messages, and many more. 

It is extremely configurable, however, the configuration can be a little hard to understand. Conky is a fork of torsmo.

Official sites:
http://conky.sourceforge.net/

Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S conky


When you start conky, you will see the default conky like this:



Configuration:
All conky configuration is set in conkyrc file. You can modify on it.
$cp /etc/conky/conky.conf ~/.conkyrc
or you can directly create .conkyrc file

For example if you want to apply this conkyrc:
http://conky.sourceforge.net/conkyrc-jc

Just save as .conkyrc directly to your home, then restart conky. Here for the result.





That's the basic configuration. For more config file/theme you can visit:
http://conky.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=39906

For extended version of conky you can install it from aur / pacmanxg4
conky-lua, conky-cli, conky-nvida, conky-lua-nv
you need install toluapp first from aur, before installing conky with lua.

Example for applying config with lua files:
http://bigrza.deviantart.com/art/Suuuuny-conky-153331007

Download zip files, extract it. then copy conkyrc & text.lua to home, then rename .conkyrc

Done, then change wallpaper that included with zip.


How to get transparent work on fluxbox, icewm, etc.
You need install xcompmgr to get transparent.
$sudo pacman -S xcompmgr
And set autostart on your desktop environment/wm

but for some config files, it's work perfectly without xcompmgr


Here's my result, the text is not place correctly, because my resolution is not same as the author. :3


For more lua themes see below:
http://desktopspotting.com/26/best-conky-configs-for-linux-desktop/

Ok that's it, enjoy conky. :D

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