how to set conky

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  1. mack_guy911

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    mack_guy, I also only discovered conky about 4 weeks ago. This should get you on your way:- :)

    http://linuxowns.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/create-a-custum-conky-setup/

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=928168&highlight=conky rythmbox

    Here is my config (sshot link at the bottom) http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/218088-conky?p=5210953&viewfull=1#post5210953

    Have fun, and seasons greetings !

    PS. I must admit that for me it was a rather fiddly and time consuming process, so that I certainly won't be very active in changing anything soon,
    A screenlet comes close to doing a nice job as well and can be configured in minutes.
     
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    Forgot to mention, if you want the conky rythmbox stuff you will need the conkyrythmbox package for your version here .. https://launchpad.net/~conky-companions/ archive/ppa/ packages
    Also, if you use Ubuntu 10.10 you will get an error message: /usr/bin/python2: not found
    One needs to create a softlink to python 2.6 from python 2: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/python2.6 python2 (in usr/bin)

    Add Conky to your Applications>System Tools menu by creating a launcher ..

    Conky launcher.png

    To quit .. type 'killall conky' in terminal.

    All this stuff is in the Ubuntu forum link of my previous post.
    There is also Conky Weather (for which you would need the conkyforecast package from the above mentioned ppa)....http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=869328&highlight=conky weather
    That was too convoluted for me so I used accuweather where one doesn't have to register, but also doesn't get all the nice weather fonts etc.
     
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    thanks very much Beavenburt and ocky
     
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    One thing that bafffles me with conky is how to show drive temperatures. I am running hddtemp as a daemon and the temps for my sda & sdb are shown perfectly in gkrellm, but nothing in conky.
    It is a permissions issue as far as I can fathom.

    My netcat result:-
    |/dev/sda|WDC WD740GD-00FLC0|26|C||/dev/sdb|WDC WD1500HLFS-01G6U0|26|C|
    (for cut command used 30-31 for sda and 67-6eight for sdb).


    But..
    Now would the undermentioned be the only way ? Not too keen given the warning. :p

    @mack_guy

    When I add the cpu freq line I also get 2.00GHz but I have 2.66 (x4) I wonder why. Hopefully someone can explain.

    Edit: I see now, it is set to ondemand in Ubuntu by default. If you run a cpu intensive task mine rises from 2.00GHz to 2.66GHz.
    To find out the available scaling frequencies cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_available_frequencies
    My result was 2664000 1998000 (Hz I presume).
    See also here:
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/howto-change-cpu-frequency-scaling-in-ubuntu.html

    http://www.webupd8.org/2010/12/cpu-frequency-scaling-appindicator.html

    Increases to 2.66 GHz while running BitDefender scanner...

    cpu freq 1.png cpu feq 2.png freq. ondemand.png
     
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