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Which conkyrc should we use in antiX-14?
Keep current conkyrc 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Use graph conkyrc with blue graphs 50%  50%  [ 8 ]
Use graph conkyrc with gray graphs 13%  13%  [ 2 ]
None of the above 31%  31%  [ 5 ]
Total votes : 16
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 Post subject: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:47 pm 
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I've made a new conkyrc file which I like better than the default one shipping with antiX. I tried to keep it similar to the rather Spartan design of the current default but I've made the text more legible and I added graphs for CPU usage, disk usage, and network traffic (on eth0 and wlan0).

I tried to mimic the look of gkrellm which is usually one of the first things I install on a new system. With this conkyrc, I don't feel I have to install gkrellm right away. These conkyrc files have a section to show the three top processes (of cpu usage) but it is commented out because it increases the cpu usage of conky.

I like to keep a close eye on how the resources on my system are being used. Graphs give me a lot more information than numbers only. Without the graphs I feel like I am almost flying blind.

I've attached a screen shot of what conky looks like with the new rc files and I've also attached a ,zip file that contains the rc files in case anyone wants to play with them.

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A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.


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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:00 pm 
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I dig that blue graph. With the currently default black wallpaper, it will standout nice.

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Like D.O. says, the blue stands out better.

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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:58 pm 
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Imo, just the % is fine.
I can see how people like "stuff" in their conkys, so those look ok to me.
But it is not really something I care too much about, so I will not vote on this one.
I think it would be nice to keep the old one around, maybe as a .conkyrc.old or something?


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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:02 pm 
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The blue graphs are even better against the dark-red background of sleek-antiX.png.


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Have voted for blue.


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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:59 am 
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My edit

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Edited this on my Dell Touchscreen Laptop which runs Linux-Lite 32bit. Hence the Linux Lite kernel showing in conky display.

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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
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A Conky Wallpaper for a new Conkyrc or Old Conkyrc. Up to you guys as far as I care. You know me. I can't leave stock settings alone.

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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:10 am 
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Personally, I don't worry what the default conky looks like - if I don't like it, I'll change it or turn it off.
(Voted to keep it as it is.)

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I've added the following line to the bottom of conkyrc:
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Batt: ${execi 10 acpi -b | cut -d" " -f3,4 | sed 's/,$//' 2>/dev/null}
It reports the battery status using "acpi -b". I tried using the battery built-ins but they didn't work.

On my laptop the "acpi -b" command produces output like:
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Battery 0: Discharging, 100%, 04:35:22 remaining
The cut and sed commands reduce this to:
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Discharging, 100%

On my desktop I just get an error message sent to stderr:
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No support for device type: power_supply
The redirect to /dev/null keeps this from showing up in conky.

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I'm holding out for a poll option labeled " surprise me ! "


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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 10:14 am 
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I voted "none of the above" since I generally use my own conky config anyway. Developers choice.


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 Post subject: Re: Conky face-lift for antiX-14?
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I voted for the gray graph -- I prefer to keep my conky display low-key; the only color in the ones I currently use is in the battery bar on my laptop (yellow at 50%, orange at 25%, red at IIRC 10%). Reduces the distraction factor. I also like to keep it minimal, since the antiX machine I look at most is the Pentium II 300 MHz (needs all the help it can get), but it's easy enough to comment out the network graphs (not really needed; if I'm concerned about it, I can pop up the wicd info window).

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