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The Basics

How does one start and stop Conky? How does one integrate it into the Gnome desktop? Is there a GUI front end to configure it? Is there a list of configuration options? Thanks. - KitchM 15:25, 25 September 2010 (EDT)

I've left the Conky article alone for a while (it wasn't a priority) but your comment prompted me to look at it and it is missing some pretty basic information. I know all of these fairly well other than Gnome integration and the GUI frontend (for configuration?). Conky's configuration options are many and take some time to explain, although a "common configuration options" section probably wouldn't go amiss. I'll add in what I know and anyone who knows anything about Gnome or Conky frontends can add that too. -- Julius2 09:38, 24 November 2010 (EST)
Does one just type conky at the command line and does it then find the conky.conf found in ~/.conkeyrc? Or does one have to place something else on the command line? - KitchM 17:45, 20 February 2011 (EST)

There is in fact a GUI for conky, written in Java and available on sourceforge. However, it's fairly new, with the second release uploaded only a month ago; there is no PKGBUILD in the AUR. Also, it's apparently meant only to help the user better organize thoughts. No one unfamiliar with .conkyrc scripting could actually make sense of it. So I'm not personally sure if it deserves mention here or not; I'll leave it to someone else for now. ANOKNUSA 12:17, December 24, 2010 CST


The reader is left with a question about "conkyrc". Is it a directory or a file? Wouldn't it have to be a file or is the command, "$ nano ~/.conkyrc", indicating a file called .conkyrc in the user's home directory?

My installation created a directory, ~/.conkyrc. But that actually left the confusion as to place of config files because the sample is in /etc/conky/conky.conf. Now I wonder, does the darn thing run from the /etc directory area as many things do, or just what is going one here. If the /etc file was just a sample, why wasn't it placed somewhere else?

Even worse, the examples at the conky site are named conkyrc.ez or similar. Does one rename it or not?

And finally, mine only starts as root. No other program does that. Interesting, what. - KitchM 14:12, 1 May 2011 (EDT)

There is already info about the two configuration files. And I can not find conkyrc.ez even in google. Close. If you still have problem, feel free to reopen it. -- Fengchao (talk) 06:19, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Delay needed in XFCE

I do not know whether this affects only me, but if I have to let conky sleep a few seconds before activating under XFCE. If I don't, it will be launched on the login screen and removed as the desktop loads. Maybe it should be mentioned in the wiki?

Solution: conky -qdp 20 (or any other pause in seconds that will allow the desktop to be rendered first)