I recently upgraded from 12.04 tot 14.04, gnome flashback Compiz. Conky tranparant behaves abnormally now and I can't fix it.

Transparency turned off, conky acts normally. Transparency turned on, it is as if upon each refresh, the previous layer isn't removed, so they stack onto eachother.

See screenshots:

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I've tried all sorts of combinations of the relevant section in .conkyrc but to no avail...

Relevant lines in .conkyrc:

## Create own window in instead of using desktop?
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
#own_window_type normal
own_window_type override
own_window_class conky-semi
#own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
## Some distros also require the following 2 lines.
#own_window_argb_visual yes
#own_window_argb_value 0

I've recently noticed it's variable: it always does this right after startup or 'conky' in terminal, but after a while it stops (so conky's normal), but then after a variable time interval, the 'stacking' starts again...

NB the more I look at it, the more I think it could be a window compositing or window manager and NOT a conky issue. Strange, because apart from the conky refresh issue, the system is running flawlessly (so far...)

Thanks for any help

  • I'm afraid I can't help you, but I would love to know what is the name of this package/tool – Geo Sep 7 '14 at 15:39
  • Try with own_window_type conky and also uncomment the own_window_hints line. – g_p Sep 7 '14 at 17:20
  • Tried each separately and combined... no luck... Thanks anyway though – Tinellus Sep 7 '14 at 17:56
  • own_window yes own_window_type pannel own_window_transparent yes own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,below . Which is working fine on my Gnome desktop. – g_p Sep 10 '14 at 19:43
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    Where did you get that theme?! I love it and would like to use it. – Ken George Mar 2 '15 at 15:10

I've run into same problem. Transparency does not work with window_type override. And window_type desktop disappears on show_desktop. I've come up with this config for ubuntu 14.04 with unity and compiz

own_window_type panel own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager


For me this works, even though I don't use compiz and 14.04. After applying new values to .conkyrc did you restart conky in terminal like this killall conky, then conky?

background yes
update_interval 1

use_xft yes override_utf8_locale yes
xftalpha 0.84
uppercase no

own_window yes
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_class conky-semi
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

  • I already have the same background and update_interval parameters. Inserting the 'use_xft...' phrase, changes a lot of things, but not the refresh issue. I always do killall conky followed by conky – Tinellus Sep 14 '14 at 18:17
  • To bad. Have you looked through the options in man conky?! – v2r Sep 15 '14 at 16:40

I fixed it with this setup

-- — WINDOW — #
    own_window_argb_visual = true,

-- — BORDER — #
    border_inner_margin = 1,
    border_outer_margin = 1,
    border_width = 1,

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