Configuration of Conky System Monitor for Linux
Widgets are support programs to equip KDE or Gnome desktop, well-known by
Linux users. They simplify indication process for lots of parameters: from
processor loading and core temperature to calendar and weather (OS Windows
call these applications gadgets). As a rule, such programs are connected with
desktop environment, thus they can demand more dependencies while installing.
For those who get used to effective work with computer resources, conky, as
a universal system monitor, will rouse some interest. The main peculiarity of
this program is the usage of X Window System functionality to display data on
the desktop, be it XFCE, IceWM, KDE, or any other.
At first start, conky's appearance may seem constraint, but don't underestimate it at once.
The official website gives proper documentation which can also be found if you type in console:
$ man conky
In this article, we'll show you the most important configuration parameters.
Firstly, copy the configuration file to the home directory:
$ cp /etc/conky/conky.conf ~/.conkyrc
and adjust it to your preferences. It is worth mentioning that there's a division
of a configuration file into two parts where the first defines appearance and window
position, and the second (under TEXT tag) is responsible for data shown by the system
monitor. With the help of first section parameters we can preset the position of a
window. Let's take the right upper corner:
The arrangement is a combination of key words top, bottom, middle, right, left.
To render application in its window we use Boolean variable
if we set "no", the window will overlay all objects on the desktop. The transparency
command is performed by:
To update conky gradually, it's necessary to turn on the double buffering and
refresh time in seconds. At the same time, we remember that frequent window
update requires system resources:
It is possible to change the color of a font in Xft library not to offend the eye