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Saturday, January 1, 2011

install Conky on Ubuntu 10.10

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. You've seen it in many screenshots under various forms; take a look at this screenshots if you don't know what Conky is.

How to set up and use Conky Colors in Ubuntu
For Ubuntu 10.04 or older only: Add the Conky PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:norsetto/ppa
sudo apt-get update
For any Ubuntu Version
sudo apt-get install conky-all
2. Install other required packages
You'll also need the following packages:
sudo apt-get install python-statgrab ttf-droid curl
Optional: if you want Conky to display your CPU / motherboard temperatures and hard disk, also install lm-sensors and hddtemp:
sudo apt-get install lm-sensors hddtemp
Now you need to configure lm-sensors. Run this in a terminal:
sudo sensors-detect
Then enter "y" for everything and run this to start the sensors:
sudo /etc/init.d/module-init-tools start
For hddtemp to work in Ubuntu 10.04, you need to run this command:
sudo chmod u+s /usr/sbin/hddtemp
And then reboot.
3. Download Conky Colors
4. Configure Conky Colors
a) Extract the downloaded archive (from step 3), use a terminal to navigate to the folder where you extracted it and run:
b) Now to see all the available options, use the following command:
./conky-colors --help
Then to set up everything, simply run "./conky-colors" followed by the options you want. Here is an example:
./conky-colors --lang=english --theme=ambiance --cpu=2 --cputemp --swap --updates --hdtemp1=sda --proc=3 --clock=modern --nvidia --calendar --m --network --rhythmbox=case --ubuntu
I used the command above to get Conky the way it looks in the screenshot in the beginning of the post.
There are many options available such as themes, Gmail, Rhythmbox (or other music players) plugins, network info, hard drive temperatures, available / used disk space, display images, weather, todo lists, battery status and lots more - like I said, to see them all, use "./conky-colors --help".
c) Once you are done, run the following command:
make install
d) Try it out. Run conky by pressing Alt + F2 and then type "conky" or type "conky" into a terminal. To close conky, if you run it from a terminal press Ctrl + C or type "killall conky".
5. save it in ur home folder "home/vishal/.conkyrc":
use_xft yes
xftfont verdana:size=8
alignment top_right
xftalpha 0.8
own_window yes
own_window_type override
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
double_buffer yes
draw_shades no
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
stippled_borders 10
border_margin 4
border_width 1
default_shade_color grey
default_outline_color black
default_color BADCDD
use_spacer none
no_buffers yes
uppercase no
color1 F8DF58
${color 6694B2}${font OpenLogos:size=45} u t
${font weather:size=28}x ${font}HDD ${execi 1 ~/scripts/hddmonit.sh}°C
${color ffffff}${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} CPU0: ${cpu cpu0}% ${cpubar cpu0}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} CPU1: ${cpu cpu1}% ${cpubar cpu1}
${color F8DF58}${font FreeSans:size=16}@${font}${execpi 300 python ~/scripts/gmail_parser.py username password 3}
${color C2E078}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=16}J${font} $mem / $memmax
${font StyleBats:size=18}P${font} Work: ${uptime_short}
${font Radio Space:size=14}${time %A %d %Y}
${font Radio Space:size=40}${time %H:%M}
${color ffffff}${font Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:style=Bold:size=13}${execpi 60 DJS=`date +%_d`; cal | sed '1d' | sed '/./!d' | sed 's/$/ /' | fold -w 21 | sed -n '/^.\{21\}/p' | sed 's/^/${alignc} /' | sed /" $DJS "/s/" $DJS "/" "'${color1}'"$DJS"'${color0}'" "/}
/*in place of usrname and password put ur gmail username n password to get email notification on ur desktop*/
6. Put Conky in your Startup applications
To run Conky when your computer starts, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications, add a new startup application and under "Name" enter "conky" and under command, enter "~/.conkycolors/bin/conkyStar"

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  1. it worked for me ...as u cn see in screenshots
    wat prob u havng ??