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Old 02-01-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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conky 'blinking' with background update

I have a problem with conky 'blinking' whenever a change is made to the root window. At least that's the best description I can come up with.
What the problem isn't, is the so frequently discussed problem of conky flickering all the time mentioned in the conky FAQ

It's tricky to describe so I made a video of it which can be grabbed from (less than 2MB)

If you can be bothered to watch, you'll see that initially the background of conky is black and conky doesn't 'blink' when the image changes. Part way through the conky background goes transparent, this is the point at which I start up xcompmgr. After that you'll notice that conky 'blinks' every time the image changes. Every time the image changes it's because the command 'feh --bg-center filename' is being run

The blinking irritates me and I'm unable to work out how to stop it happening. Anyone got any ideas?

conkyrc looks like

alignment middle_left 
background no
border_width 1
cpu_avg_samples 2
default_color white
default_outline_color white
default_shade_color black
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders yes
draw_outline no
draw_shades yes
use_xft yes
xftfont DejaVu Sans Mono:size=10
gap_x 0
gap_y 0
minimum_size 5 5
net_avg_samples 2
no_buffers yes
out_to_console no
out_to_stderr no
extra_newline no
own_window yes
own_window_class Conky
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type override # necessary to stop matchbox-window-manager forcing it fullscreen and thus hiding over conky windows 
stippled_borders 0
uppercase no
use_spacer none
show_graph_scale no
show_graph_range no
double_buffer yes
update_interval 1.0
own_window_argb_visual yes
I'm using matchbox-window-manager 1.2 from the Ubuntu 10.10 repos. (It is built without composite support, hence use of xcompmgr). I have built a version of matchbox-window-manager with composite support and it works but only with far worse issues than the subject of this post.


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