I have asked this question over on SuperUser but figured since the question is more Ubuntu-centric I should ask it here as well.

I have installed Ubuntu 13.10 and recently installed gnome 3.10 on my HPnc6320. I have the 5.2 lua interpreter installed as well and conky. Both from the ubuntu apt-get tool.

I was following the Conky tutorial from Unix Men

I followed every step. I chose the Ubuntu set of Conky and Lua scripts. I put them in the locations and changed the files like it said.

I also changed a parameter in /etc/fonts/conf.d/50-user.conf as outlined HEREbecause I was getting an error about reading configurations from ~/.fonts.conf is deprecated. This changed fixed that as far as I can tell.

Where I am having trouble is when I run Conky, the output I get is:

jesse@nc6320 ~:$ conky
Conky: desktop window (100001d) is subwindow of root window (7f)
Conky: window type - override
Conky: drawing to created window (0x4200001)
Conky: drawing to double buffer

I am new to Conky and Gnome. What do I have to do to get this Conky script working?

Thank you for any input


I figured it out. Thanks to this thread

I made some changes to the window parameters they are now:

own_window yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,below

own_window_type was override and I added the own_window_arb_visual yes parameter

Hope this helps anyone else out

  • Thanks, this has helped me. For a long time (since upgrading from 12.04 LTS), I have had issues with using Conky in fallback mode.
    – synaptik
    Nov 20 '13 at 23:12
  • With your parameter advice and some slight modifications, my conky now stays on desktop. Before (having set own_window_type to 'desktop') it disappeared as soon as I clicked on the background. Solution was to change the window type to normal and to undecorate window hints: own_window_type = 'normal', own_window_hints = 'undecorated,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager',
    – domih
    Dec 14 '15 at 19:51

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