Great Conky in the shape of a circle or ring

About Conky We have talked a lot here in DesdeLinux, however we are still surprised by some scripts and 'art' that can be achieved with it.

They say that an image is worth a thousand words, so I better leave you a screenshot so that you can see what I mean:

cool-conky-screenshot

 

This configuration of Conky displays the following (in order from outside to inside):

  • Week number of the year
  • Day of the month
  • Weekday
  • Month
  • Clock
  • Vertical temperature bars
  • Rings that show more or less the empty space that we have in the partitions

Installation of Conky and lm-sensors

To have this, we must first install several packages:

On ArchLinux or other distros that use pacman:

sudo pacman -S lm-sensors
yaourt -S conky-lua

On Debian, Ubuntu or derivatives:

sudo apt-get install conky-all lm-sensors

In addition, we must configure appropriately lm-sensors, for this we execute:

sudo sensors-detect

Then select YES in each dialog that it shows us, including the end that asks us if we want to add the sensors to the modules that are loaded automatically (/ etc / modules)

To finish with lm-sensors in Ubuntu or similar we execute:

sudo service module-init-tools restart

Although it is also enough to restart the computer.

To check that the sensors are working properly run sensor in the terminal and it should appear something like this:

sensors-screenshot

Conky configuration file

Then, when we have everything installed (conky included) and configured the sensors, let's go on to download the very attractive configuration for Conky that we just saw:

Download configuration for conky-lua

A file called 163748-calendar_extra.zip which we must unzip, and we will see that a folder appears called: calendar_extra

Inside this folder we will find two files, lua_widgets.lua y start_conky

We must edit lua_widget.lua, on the line that says number_of_physical_CPU_cores We put the amount of CPUs that our computer has. How to know the quantity? ... well, run this command if you have doubts about how many CPUs your computer has:

lscpu | grep core

Further down (in that same file) we find that we can specify the video card, as well as whether or not we want its temperature to be shown. Since I don't want it to show any temperature of the graphics card, I put: enable_graphic_card_temperature_sensor = "No"

Well, we have finished editing what is necessary, now we open a terminal in that same folder (folder that contains these two files that I am talking about) and execute:

conky -c start_conky

This will be enough for the conky that you saw in the image above to appear on the desktop.

Customizing Conky

Changing conky things is very simple, in this one it is relatively easy as well. For example, if you want to change the color of the text you should edit the file start_conky and right at the end, you find this line:

$ {color FFFFFF}

FFFFFF means white, 000 is black, etc. They are the colors that we use in CSS or HTML, they can be supported by Gimp if you don't know about this.

Check that file, also the other one (lua_widget.lua), that if you want to make something NOT be displayed (like the outer ring, week of the year) you should delete the corresponding lines.

Add to top

Conky it won't start automatically on your username, if you use KDE you can use the method that I explained in this post to add it to startup programs, if you use Gnome3 you can check this other article.

Basically you can add the applications to the login, assuming start_conky is found in / home / user / Downloads / start_conky then it would be: conky -c / home / user / Downloads / start_conky

The end!

Conky It is undoubtedly an excellent, excellent option to personalize our desktop. It supports scripts in lua, python, etc., it consumes very, very little, so we can use it in large environments (KDE, Gnome, Unity, etc.) as well as in other more minimalist ones. This added to some very light dock (wbar for example). We can also add a calendar to add our events, for example rainlendar2 (that I have pending to make a post about him), through Conky we are aware of the system, through the calendar we are aware of events such as , anniversaries, doctor visits, taking our pills of any kind (pressure pills, diet pills of those that have read somewhere, or for the nerves, yes, for example I should take my pills that control the nerves, otherwise I go out there psychopathic style killing people ... HAHAHA).

If you want more conky configurations that you can review and apply with simple clicks I recommend Conky Manager. For more information or news of this conky configuration visit the page at KDE-Look.org

Anyway, I hope it has been of interest to you.

regards


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  1.   let's use linux said

    Very pretty!

  2.   e2fletcher said

    For Arch, the first package to install is lm_sensors and not lm-sensors, which should be weird like the second one

    1.    chinoloco said

      I came to comment on that, since when executing the command, it appeared to me that the package did not exist.

  3.   Rodrigo Moreno said

    Hi, I have a doubt. I'm from Manjaro Linux 64 bits with a 4-core AMD Phenom processor, but when doing lscpu | grep core:
    Thread (s) per core: 1

    The weird thing is that trying to install this conky, its creator recommended that I cannot see the temperature of the processor to do this:
    sudo modprobe k10temp force = 1

    This affects me, because only one core comes out if I have four

    1.    O_Pixote_O said

      Hello, if you have 4 cores put 4 and it will work for you, ignore the command, if you put grep -c ^ processor / proc / cpuinfo you will get all 4 processors, at least I did it like that in my house and everything was fine .

  4.   vidagnu said

    Big Conky !!! I am increasingly surprised by everything that can be done with it ...

  5.   foxsermon said

    Nothing is displayed and an error appears !!!

    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed:… me / saivulle / Downloads / calendar_extra / lua_widgets.lua: 168: attempt to perform arithmetic on local 'conky_value' (a nil value)
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed:… me / saivulle / Downloads / calendar_extra / lua_widgets.lua: 168: attempt to perform arithmetic on local 'conky_value' (a nil value)

  6.   Chelo said

    Hello I am trying to make it work but it gives me this error and it remains the same:
    conky -c start_conky
    Conky: llua_load: cannot open /home/bindestreck/[Scripts-lex.europa.eu/conky/calendar_extra/lua_widgets.lua: No such file or directory
    Conky: desktop window (c0001e) is subwindow of root window (25e)
    Conky: window type - normal
    Conky: drawing to created window (0x3400002)
    Conky: drawing to double buffer
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value
    Conky: llua_do_call: function conky_start_widgets execution failed: attempt to call a nil value

    I hope you can help me.
    Cheers, great job thank you very much

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Hello, did you install conky-all? The important thing is to have the lua support installed for conky (conky-lua or something like that)

    2.    O_Pixote_O said

      Take a good look at what it tells you:
      Conky: llua_load: cannot open /home/bindestreck/[Scripts-lex.europa.eu/conky/calendar_extra/lua_widgets.lua: No such file or directory
      It tells you that it cannot find the file or the directory checks that the two files are in the same folder. Removing one of the two has given me the same error as you so it must be that.
      It is also possible that the error tells you how it happened to me when I started it when starting manjaro. In that case I can solve it by putting the absolute path in the start_conky file like this:

      lua_load lua_widgets.lua
      lua_draw_hook_pre start_widgets
      this:
      lua_load /home/rafael/.calendar_extra/lua_widgets.lua
      lua_draw_hook_pre start_widgets
      But this means that every time you move it from a folder you will have to change it.

    3.    Nico said

      You have to modify the lua_widgets.lua and in the function vertical_bars (cr, w, h, x, y, conky_value) you add this to the beginning of the function.

      if not conky_value then
      conky_value=0
      end

      Regards!

  7.   cease said

    Can someone help me install it on Fedora 20?
    Thanks in advance

    1.    O_Pixote_O said

      In the event that everything is installed then do not touch anything and go on to install the conky.
      If you have 64bits:
      sudo yum install lm_sensors.x86_64
      If you have 32bits:
      sudo yum install lm_sensors
      sudo sensors-detect
      You reboot just in case.
      sudo yum install conky
      See if it is also:
      sudo yum install conky-all
      sudo yum install conky-lua
      And you follow the whole tutorial above. Equally it is always the same but changing the package managers.
      (None of this is tested, I got it by googling it, so I don't guarantee that all the package names are right)

  8.   rominash said

    hello kzkg.
    this conky is very good.
    By the way, do you know how to adapt cantata with conky (I use manjaro with kde and mpd + cantata)?
    to show song, album, artist, etc.
    I could only get the album cover,
    all the articles I found on the internet are about mpd + conky but they don't work for me, they throw me an error ..
    Conky: MPD error: problems getting a response from "localhost" on port 6600: Connection refused
    kiss, romi

  9.   Hector said

    Great icons, what theme is it?