Sunday, August 12, 2012

Conky on Peppermint 3

One of my favourite programs has to be Conky.

To install Conky, open a Terminal window and type:
sudo apt-get install conky

If you don't want to autorun Conky at startup, you can run it by clicking the Menu button, click Run, type Conky and press <ENTER>

To edit what Conky displays:

  • open the File Manager
  • go to /etc/conky
  • right click on conky.conf and click on Text Editor

(I will post my config file in the comments if you wish to use or modify it.)

Now, if you want Conky to autorun at startup:

Right click on the Desktop
Select New Blank File
Name it conky.desktop
Enter the following into the file and save it:


[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Conky
Comment=System monitor
Exec=conky
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=
NotShowIn=gnome

Peppermint 3 will run all the shortcuts located in: /etc/xdg/autostart
go there using the File Manager
Click on Tools, Open current folder as Root
Type in the root password, press <ENTER>
now, cut and paste the conky.desktop file from your desktop to the folder you opened as root

Conky should run at startup now. You can delete programs you don't want to run at startup from this folder, or make other programs run at startup using this method.