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Old 12-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #1
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Conky settings

I've just downloaded UE 3.5 and it's cooler , I think, than 3.4. Seems to have that new distro smell. My question regards Conky. How does one change the settings, such show the clock feature or the CPU temp., for example?
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you can change your conky settings in a file called .conkyrc (/home/username/.conkyrc)

the file isn't created by default but you can find a sample configuration file on your computer.
I'm using Debian, and my sample file to get you started in:

You'll notice a whole ton of settings, and then a TEXT label. Everything after that appears in your conky file

you asked specifically for cpu use:

will print the current usage of your cpu

will print the current frequency your cpu is running at

but there are tons of features - you can even pipe information through bash scripts or python scripts that perform a calculation that results in a number between 0 and 100 and link to it to create your own custom bars.

you can also find a list of variables, and settings you can tweak

you can also find a list of variables to tweak for the *most current* version of conky here:

dig around the website a bit, there is a ton of documentation.

If it's not in exactly the same location you can search for it.

sudo updatedb #to update your search database
locate conky
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Also, if you've never had an introduction to the manual pages check out (in a terminal window):

man conky

it's a lot of info, but if you push the key "/", type a word, and hit enter, you can search through the document. It speeds things up a little bit.


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