7 years ago
Once you've done all of your configuring, if you saved the file as ~/.conkyrc then all you need to do is execute the command "conky" in a terminal or application launcher. If you saved it under another name, you will need to use "conky -c /path/to/config/file". Many users don't want to do this everytime they start up their system, so they add it to their auto-start applications. There are different ways of going about this based on what DE (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, None) you're running. Most Desktop Environments will have a dialog for it somewhere in the main menu under "Preferences".
Samples [Ubuntu Forums] - A bunch of sample configurations provided by Ubuntu users.
I'm terribly sorry that I haven't kept up with the links. Since making this tutorial, I have changed domain names three times and hosting twice. Sometimes, I'm not able to keep all of my stuff up to date everywhere on the net. Obviously, there are going to be links that I miss.
Nevertheless, I have located the sample conky config on my server that I originally linked to and have fixed the link to it in both locations in this tutorial. Thank you for your comment and very constructive criticism.
Broken links and images may have been fixed 5 months ago, KittyKatt, but the blue "here" in the following bit of your tutorial presentation
"And the .conkyrc for that configuration can be found *here* (it's really long and I don't want to paste it here.)"
which is reminiscent of Fermat's excuse for the absence of the proof of his Last Theorem, takes one to a broken link - LinuxMint he say 404 - Not Found.
Same happens with "Sample Conky - Link to the sample conky config provided in this tutorial.", but your signposting to the SourceForge pages is kosher, both for the SourceForge Conky home page and the screen shots page, and the link to the Ubuntu Conky comment/samples page is also useful - dare I say it, at the moment more useful than your Tutorial !
Sadly, the link to ArcherSeven's site now also gives 404 - Not Found.
I've fixed the broken links and images. :)
If you really want to see some nice work take a look here in the forums
I cant seem to fine the config files under my home directory, can see everything else bar conky
I agree; a couple screen shots and sample .conkyrc files would be great. An odd, or normal, occurrence: I got the impression that a ~/.conkyrc would be created. It was not. Maybe after building the source code, but that never worked, so I apt-get got it. I had to read then copy one that threw errors from one of the links you provided, thanks. Then after much trial and error I was modifying/saving and changing the display on he fly. Then it got to be fun. Thanks, just a little tweaking of the tutorial for the newbies and it'll be spot on. :)
Thanks, Conky really made my day! :D
Thanks for the introduction.
Perhaps you may consider to describe the integration into gnome in detail since gnome is Mint's default WM.
This is a very good tutorial. I have just started playing with conky and it is due in large part to your tutorial. It's a sound start for conky beginners like myself, and makes me want to gain a better understanding of all the in's-and-out's of the program. But from what I have read this isn't even the tip of the iceberg...
Thanks again for a great tutorial KittyKatt!
Good tutorial! It's a good primer to get someone thinking about Conky as a software and encourages exploration. There is difficulty with making a concise tutorial about a software as large as Conky, since it's unique to each person (and in truth a walkthrough would be huge) but this one does well.
I would post more screenshots and example configs to tinker with, and leave out more of the hard code, if nothing else because it looks daunting to end users at times. :)
Great job KittyKatt, looking forward to more stuff from you!
What more does it need? I'm attempting to get a few more configs posted, as well as screenshots, but I'm sure you mean something else. I'm more than willing to take suggestions and implement them. ^^;
Nice. Gotta agree though, not "intro" enough for an "intro" article. :)
I'll be including a couple more screenshots soon, as well as a couple of external scripts that I recommend.
That's a great step further towards helping me getting acquainted with this very interesting but also very elaborate app.
KittyKatt,Good article, thank you! just learned a little more about conky.
however this tutorial is still for an intermediate user, who already knows about conky.
if you could add some info about how to start/stop conky,how to make it auto load with system, how to efficiently edit it,some examples of different configurations, some list of scripts, possibly some more screenshots, it would be grate.
i could try helping you a little, even if i'm new here.
thanks you again!