Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Display system information on desktop using Conky

For those of you who want to know your machine performance while running your Linux, There is a very good system monitor for the X system which called Conky.

Conky can display almost all the information you needed on the desktop.
I downloaded it using yum :
#yum install Conky

But you can download it from its formal web as well :

In order to display the information you see on the attached image the ~/.conkyrc file should be as followed:

# Conky sample configuration

# set to yes if you want Conky to be forked in the background
background yes

# Use Xft?
use_xft yes

# Xft font when Xft is enabled
xftfont xirod:size=9

# Text alpha when using Xft
xftalpha 0.8

# mail spool
mail_spool $MAIL

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 2.5

# 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 1

# If own_window is yes, you may use type normal, desktop or override
own_window_type override

# Use pseudo transparency with own_window?
own_window_transparent 1

# If own_window_transparent is set to no, you can set the background colour here
own_window_colour hotpink

# If own_window is yes, these window manager hints may be used
#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 280 5

maximum_width 230

# Draw shades?
draw_shades no

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders no

# Draw borders around graphs
draw_graph_borders yes

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 8

# border margins
border_margin 4

# border width
border_width 1

# Default colors and also border colors
default_color white

# Text alignment, other possible values are commented
#alignment top_left
alignment top_right
#alignment bottom_left
#alignment bottom_right
#alignment none

# Gap between borders of screen and text
# same thing as passing -x at command line
gap_x 20
gap_y 15

# 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 2

# 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 no

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

# Allow each port monitor to track at most this many connections (if 0 or not set, default is 256)
#max_port_monitor_connections 256

# Maximum number of special things, e.g. fonts, offsets, aligns, etc.
#max_specials 512

# Maximum size of buffer for user text, i.e. below TEXT line.
#max_user_text 16384

# variable is given either in format $variable or in ${variable}. Latter
# allows characters right after the variable and must be used in network
# stuff because of an argument

# stuff after 'TEXT' will be formatted on screen

$sysname $kernel $alignr $machine

Intel Core Duo $alignr temp: $acpitemp C$alignr${freq_g cpu2} Ghz
${color green}CPU#1 ${color white}${cpu cpu1} %${alignr}${cpu cpu2} %${color green} CPU#2
${color white}${cpugraph cpu1 25,100 FF8200 ff0000} ${alignr}${cpugraph cpu2
25,100 FF0000 FF9900}$color

${color green}MEM$color $alignc $mem / $memmax $alignr $memperc%
${color white}${memgraph cpu1 25,100 FF8200 ff0000}$color

${color green}Top Processes$color
CPU $alignr %
${top name 1}$alignr${top cpu 1}
${top name 2}$alignr${top cpu 2}
${top name 3}$alignr${top cpu 2}
MEM $alignr %
${top_mem name 1}$alignr${top_mem mem 1}
${top_mem name 2}$alignr${top_mem mem 2}
${top_mem name 3}$alignr${top_mem mem 3}

${color green}Network$color
eth0 $alignr ${addr eth0}
${color white}Down: ${color green}${downspeed eth0} k/s ${alignr}${color white}Up:${color green} ${upspeed eth0} k/s $color
wlan0 $alignr ${addr wlan0}
${color white}Down: ${color green}${downspeed wlan0} k/s ${alignr}${color white}Up:${color green} ${upspeed wlan0} k/s

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