I've been using this really nice, slightly modified Gotham .conkyrc for a while, and lately, the window has been jiggling. It stays still in conky-manager, but I don't want to use it, so I copied the rc file into ~/.conkyrc and it's been moving back and forth, every time it redraws. I have no clue why, and googling has only yielded results on how to move it, not to make it stop.

Here's the .conkyrc that I'm using right now, I'll answer any questions for further detail.

use_xft true
xftfont 123:size=8
xftalpha 0.1
update_interval 0.1
total_run_times 0

own_window yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager
own_window_colour 000000
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_argb_value 0

double_buffer yes
#minimum_size 250 5
#maximum_width 500
draw_shades no
draw_outline no
draw_borders no
draw_graph_borders no
default_color white
default_shade_color red
default_outline_color green
alignment top_right
gap_x 0
gap_y 0
no_buffers yes
uppercase no
cpu_avg_samples 2
net_avg_samples 1
override_utf8_locale yes
use_spacer right

color1 F4A
color2 39F
color3 FFA300
color4 2C4

#color1 fff
#color2 fff
#color4 fff

minimum_size 0 200

${voffset 10}${color1}${font GE Inspira:pixelsize=120}${time %I:%M %P}${font}${voffset -84}${offset 10}${color3}${font GE Inspira:pixelsize=42}${time %d} ${voffset -15}${color2}${font GE Inspira:pixelsize=22}${time  %B} ${time %Y}${font}${voffset 24}${font GE Inspira:pixelsize=58}${offset -148}${time %A}${font}
${voffset 1}${offset 12}${font Ubuntu:pixelsize=12}${color3}HD ${offset 9}${color4}${fs_free /} / ${fs_size /}${offset 30}${color3}RAM ${offset 9}${color4}$mem / $memmax${offset 30}${color3}CPU ${offset 9}${color4}${cpu cpu0}% ${goto 410}${cpu cpu1}% ${goto 440}${cpu cpu2}%${goto 480}${color3}BTRY${offset 9}${color4}${battery}${goto 45}${voffset 15}$color4${fs_bar 10, 100}${goto 215}${membar 10, 95}${goto 372}${voffset -5}${cpugraph 15, 30 -t}${cpugraph cpu1 15, 30 -t}${cpugraph cpu2 15, 30 -t}${voffset 5}${goto 517}${battery_bar 10, 105}

Edit: I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and it looks like this: Conky screenchot

1 Answer 1


You would probably get better answers in Ubuntu Forums, Cafe, Conky sub section but I would start by commenting out line:

#override_utf8_locale yes

If that doesn't work I would change:

draw_shades yes
default_shade_color 000000

Lastly I would change:

minimum_size 200 
maximum_width 400

If the last change fixes it but the size is wrong, tweak the values.

Other than that I can't see much difference between your broken Conky and my own Conky configuration which works fine (Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04).

I did copy your TEXT section into my own and it paints okay without "moving back and forth". You wouldn't want my whole configuration though because it's ugly code of various experiments.

  • Edited. I'll try your fixes as soon as I can, thanks in advance!
    – clapp
    Sep 16, 2016 at 2:37

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