Saturday, May 17, 2014

Conky Update

PREVIOUSLY ON 'PEDANTIC PEDESTRIAN'... Although I said I'd arrived at a Conky design that I was happy with, there were still one or two things that needed 'solving'...


On the recommendation of a few folks over on the GooglePlus Linux Mint Community, I thought I'd give that Conky Manager a go. I was impressed with some of the 'readymade' themes that came bundled with it, even more so if you add the Deluxe Themes Pack. I enjoyed playing around with a few things for a day or two, although I concluded that there was nothing there that was quite my cup of tea.

The Conky Manager acts as (what amounts to) a WYSIWYG graphical interface for building your Conky. For me it felt much the same as using some Desktop Publishing or web design software, where you work from readymade templates. Some people are happy enough doing things this way, but they never venture far beyond the templates. Hence, a lot of pages (or, in this case, desktops) that all look rather too similar.

In the end, as a 'designer', I felt I'd got more of a sense of achievement having built my own Conky (almost) from scratch. Somehow, it seems to me a more 'Linux' way of doing things! Just as you will never really learn HTML or CSS by using a WYSIWYG editor, so you will never really learn how a Conky works until you get your hands a bit dirty...

However... The Conky Manager theme pack did provide me with a few useful commodities...

You recall that I was lamenting the fact that the original OpenLogos font did not having a character for Linux Mint (so I had to approximate something of my own, using Ubuntu Condensed)?

The ConkySymbols font, that came as part of one of the theme templates, does have Linux Mint logos! Hooray!

By exploring the .conkyrc files of one or two of the Conky Manager themes, I was also able to find scripts that show my Wi-Fi signal strength (something I'd been searching high and low for!) and, just for the sheer heck of it, the ID of the Wi-Fi router. I was also able to substitute some nicer looking icons for the 'Network' section of the Conky as a whole.

Here's that updated .conkyrc, then - just a few subtle differences since last time, but they're all differences I'd been striving for! :-


# Conky by http://jameshardy88.deviantart.com/art/Conky-JamesHardy88-122466724
# Modified by Umair - http://www.NoobsLab.com
# Further modified by ppMinty 2014

# Use Xft?
use_xft yes
xftfont Verdana:size=9
xftalpha 0.8
text_buffer_size 2048

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 1

# This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
# Set to zero to run forever.
total_run_times 0

# Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type conky
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

# Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
double_buffer yes

# Minimum size of text area
minimum_size 300 0
#maximum_width 300

# Draw shades?
draw_shades yes

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders no

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 0

# border margins
border_margin 5

# border width
border_width 1

# Default colors and also border colors
default_color 60cc90
default_shade_color black
#default_outline_color white
own_window_colour white

# Text alignment, other possible values are commented
#alignment top_left
alignment top_right
#alignment bottom_left
#alignment bottom_right

# Gap between borders of screen and text
# same thing as passing -x at command line
gap_x 40
gap_y 30

# Subtract file system buffers from used memory?
no_buffers yes

# set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase
uppercase no

# number of cpu samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
cpu_avg_samples 1

# number of net samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
net_avg_samples 2

# Force UTF8? note that UTF8 support required XFT
override_utf8_locale yes

# Add spaces to keep things from moving about? This only affects certain objects.
use_spacer none

TEXT
${alignc}${time %A} ${time %e %B %G}

${color green}${font LCDMono:size=40} ${time %H:%M}${font}${color}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=30}u${font}${alignr}Linux Mint Debian Edition MATE 64-bit
${font StyleBats:size=15} ${font}Kernel: ${alignr}${kernel}
${font StyleBats:size=15} ${font}Hostname: ${alignr}${nodename}


SYSTEM MONITOR ${hr 1}
${font StyleBats:size=15} ${font}${alignr}Core 1: ${color white}${cpu cpu1}%${color} ${cpubar cpu1 8,110}
${font StyleBats:size=15} ${font}${alignr}Core 2: ${color white}${cpu cpu2}%${color} ${cpubar cpu2 8,110}
${font StyleBats:size=15}A${font} CPU: ${color white}${cpu}%${color} (@ ${color white}${freq}MHz${color}) ${alignr}${cpubar cpu0 8,110}
${font StyleBats:size=15}g${font} RAM: ${color white}$memperc%${color}, SWAP: ${color white}$swapperc%${color} ${alignr}${membar 8,110}
${font StyleBats:size=15}f${font} Hard Drive: ${alignr}${color white}${fs_free /home}${color} available (of ${color white}${fs_size /home}${color})
${font Webdings:size=15}~${font} Battery: ${color white}${battery_percent BAT1}%${color} ${alignr}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} <= 9}${color red}${battery_bar 8,110 BAT1}${color}${endif}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} >= 10}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} <=49}${color orange}${battery_bar 8,110 BAT1}${color}${endif}${endif}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} >= 50}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} <=79}${color yellow}${battery_bar 8,110 BAT1}${color}${endif}${endif}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} >= 80}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} <=99}${color green}${battery_bar 8,110 BAT1}${color}${endif}${endif}${if_match ${battery_percent BAT1} >= 100}${color white}${battery_bar 8,110 BAT1}${color}${endif}
${font StyleBats:size=15}q${font} Uptime: ${alignr}${color white}${uptime}${color}
${font StyleBats:size=15}k${font} Processes: ${alignr}${color white}$processes${color} (${color white}$running_processes${color} running)

Highest CPU $alignr CPU% MEM%
${hr 1}
${color white}${top name 1}$alignr${top cpu 1} ${top mem 1}
${top name 2}$alignr${top cpu 2} ${top mem 2}
${top name 3}$alignr${top cpu 3} ${top mem 3}${color}


NETWORK ${hr 1}
${if_existing /proc/net/route wlan0}${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}d${font} Total Upload: ${alignr}${color white}${totalup wlan0}${color} ${upspeedgraph wlan0 8,110}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}e${font} Total Download: ${alignr}${color white}${totaldown wlan0}${color} ${downspeedgraph wlan0 8,110}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}I${font} Local IP Address: ${alignr}${addr wlan0}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}g${font} Wi-Fi ID: ${alignr}${wireless_essid wlan0}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}b${font} Signal Strength: ${alignr}${color white} ${wireless_link_qual_perc wlan0}%${color}
${else}${if_existing /proc/net/route eth1}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}d${font} Total Upload: ${alignr}${color white}${totalup eth1}${color} ${upspeedgraph eth1 8,110}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}e${font} Total Download: ${alignr}${color white}${totaldown eth1}${color} ${downspeedgraph eth1 8,110}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}I${font} Local IP Address: ${alignr}${addr eth1}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}g${font} Wi-Fi ID: ${alignr}${wireless_essid eth1}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}b${font} Signal Strength: ${alignr}${color white} ${wireless_link_qual_perc eth1}%${color}
${endif}
${else}${if_existing /proc/net/route eth0}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}d${font} Total Upload: ${alignr}${color white}${totalup eth0}${color} ${upspeedgraph eth0 8,110}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}e${font} Total Download: ${alignr}${color white}${totaldown eth0}${color} ${downspeedgraph eth0 8,110}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}I${font} Local IP Address: ${alignr}${addr eth0}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}g${font} Wi-Fi ID: ${alignr}${wireless_essid eth0}
${voffset 4}${font ConkySymbols:size=10}b${font} Signal Strength: ${alignr}${color white} ${wireless_link_qual_perc eth0}%${color}
${else}No network connection${endif}${endif}${endif}${hr 1}


That's not to say, of course, that there won't be any more changes, as I pick up an occasional tweak or handy hint from here and there...





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