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can someone explain conky what its for/what it does? SOLVED
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:23:36 pm »
sorry a newbee questions here what exactly is conky what does it do
is it just  system monitor that you can change how it looks? can you run
it along side cairo-dock and other apps?
« Last Edit: August 23, 2014, 11:17:46 pm by iamesperambient »
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 03:34:44 pm »
Yes, yes and yes, answers your 3 questions, if you feel like playing around install it, and then get your hands dirty editing the config file....  or you can just install conky manager, and pick one of the many they have pre installed....  ;)
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 03:35:47 pm »
i just kind of w ant a black transparent panel on the side with blue or white text?
how do i safely install this thing??? can you do it in the terminal or download something?
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 03:41:12 pm »
I'm sure you could install it in terminal, but I would not know the exact command for it, check the boards for a thread I think andy did a thread on conky manager, if not just open synaptic package manager and do a search for conky you can install it from there also...  ;)
Go there andy has a link to it in his post...
http://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,617.msg5110.html#msg5110
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2014, 03:44:56 pm »
thansk ive never used that synaptic package manger thing yet i wasn't 100 percent sure what it did
so i didnt wanna mess with it. can you explain to me how it works and what exactly its for?
im learning slowly and feel confident about certain things with linux but i really don't
do anything blindly unless i get an expert's opinion first. This isn't windows hahaha
if i mess something up i can just do 'system restore'
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2014, 03:46:06 pm »
i dont see a terminal instal lcode here :/
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2014, 03:47:30 pm »
i looked it up in that manager but there is a few versions of it not sure which one to install :/
and where does the application go in system???
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2014, 03:47:38 pm »
well the pros on this board seem to like doing everything by terminal, but synaptic is another way of doing the same things you just search for what you want and when you find it in the list you right click on it and choose to install it and it will grab all the other files needed to do it right for you...  nothing to be scared of really...  ;)
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2014, 03:48:38 pm »
ok thanks a lot which version do i install though their seems to be a bunch of versions of conky on there
not sure which one to choose to install?
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2014, 03:50:15 pm »
if you want terminal commands just hang in there I am sure someone will drop by soon and get you the commands you need, I just do not know them cause I use a text file to install conky which has like 5 terminal commands in it and it only installs conky and a specific config file that I like....  so hang in there someone might know the commands for conky manager and the data package for it...  ;)
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2014, 03:51:18 pm »
thanks ill wait :D is there a bunch of set themes that come with it?
im looking for something super simple.
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2014, 03:53:08 pm »
or you can go where I went to get my conky, its a place on line that has 30 or more of them and get the codes for the one you like best....  here is the link for it... 
http://www.noobslab.com/2012/07/conky-collection-for-ubuntulinux.html
check out the list of themes by clicking in the list on this page it will show you what it will look like and supply the terminal codes below it for that specific one....
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2014, 03:55:38 pm »
thanks if i do like it i hope i can figure out how to remove it haha let me check this out thanks!!!!
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2014, 04:01:10 pm »
Yeah, Conky is a system monitor.  It can display countless system variables.  It is highly customizable and highly addictive.  Check out my link that rjm65 gave you.  It is well worth looking at the Crunchbang forums.  Those guys at Crunchbang are Conky headbangers  :o!  My advice is try something simple to start with also check out the Conky Manager link too.  The Crunchbangers love to share their Conky scripts too  ;).   I'm sure that if you really get in the mire.  The Crunchbangers will help you out if you ask really, really nicely  :(.  Seriously, they are a very friendly bunch.   I hope this helps  ;)!
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Re: can someone explain conky what its for/what it does?
« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2014, 04:01:24 pm »
im a bit confused sorry ill wait to see if someone has a better break down just dont wanna mess anything up haha
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