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Old 02-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation How to read the content of a file with conky

Hi everybody! I'am "tunning" my conky, it's really funny.
I have the idea to put a TO DO list in it.
My idea is make a list in a single file, and then, read it from conky, putting the content in the desktop. Really easy, isn't it?
The problem is that I have not idea how to do that, if it's possible...
If someone can tell me which is the text I'll thank you.
Old 02-04-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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I think what you are looking for is the exec family of variable for conky.

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Old 02-05-2009, 03:59 AM   #3
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Thanks, but I could not make anything with that. I'm a newbie.
Do you know where can I find any example?
Thanks again!
Old 02-05-2009, 05:46 AM   #4
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The simple way to do it would be
${exec cat <path to file>}
Then customize it to suit you.
execi lets you specify refresh interval.
You can also try playing with sort, if you like sorted todo lists.
${exec cat <path to file> | sort}

I combine the tools from with sorted list in conky with great success.
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Thanks, it simply works.
Old 05-17-2009, 09:33 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by merer View Post
I combine the tools from with sorted list in conky with great success.
Hey, I like that todo.txt thing. Gotta check that out.


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