Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Conkywx SIX release

Now Conkywx is SIX - Additions and changes:
  • Use conky version 1.10x - though will work with conky 1.9x as well. Note that templates for 1.9x version are included but not supported.
  • If you are using Arch Linux - it is strongly recommended to use conky_cairo and tolua++_5.3 - both in AUR and will connect with lua 5.3 - better and faster than lua 5.1
  • Day and Night movement of the Sun and the Moon
  • Calendar
  • Smooth scroller - lua widget which enables smooth scrolling of text in up, down, left, right and bounce (hits left edge and starts going right and vice versa)
  • GDACS - Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
  • View latest News from any news service that has a RSS feed
  • Most short comings of this version of conky are handled using lua scripts
  • conky_startup - this handles the startup issues - if your update interval is 5 seconds - conky updates that conky config in 5 * 2 seconds [10 seconds ] - so we update it such that your conky starts like on steroids
  • conky_pre_exec - this handles anything that needs to be done only ONCE - or unless updated manually - same as 1.9x
  • conky_if_running - checks the pidof the required process - same as 1.9x
  • Earth quake/ Seismic has new options to set Alarms that will show up alarms via the conkywx system, the location in question also flashes in the Seismic display
  • Seconday PWS for xml_ID - when the primary stops or has stale data.
  • Some forecast handling changes.
  • Some bug fixes.
  • A New Improved music player - wx media player - plays in the terminal and even though you can see progress in conky - can be used on it's own. Written in bash and lua - very light and can handle huge number of tracks - uses mplayer as backend.
  • Multiple sites supported to get options for current and forecast weather
  • Type conkywx --help in a terminal window after installation to see improved help on a web browser.

  • To start - after conkywx installation - run conkywx --help in a terminal window - you should get conkywx help in a browser - now move your mouse over the USAGE menu and select GETTING STARTED - read this section - this will get you going.
  • As many users are using various conky variants - conky is no longer a dependency but however - conky is still required. Please ensure conky - in what ever form - is in fact installed.
  • To get the best out of conkywx - please install lua support for your conky - this could mean installing conky-all - check your distro.
  • In some cases to have conky restart automatically you may need to give a sleep 30 - delay in your conky-start script
  • Depending on your Perl installation - only Text::Wrap is the external module used - which should be part of Perl core installation. Modules for reading xml and json files are included with conkywx. wxDate is home grown, wxZone and wxStrftime are based on earlier work - improved for conkywx.
  • Many of you may find the text in templates out of spec - before you rip things apart - change the font value in the config section of the conky config file for the template. 
  • If you have questions etc you can get a lot of help at this ubuntu forum. Just go to the last page and post your issue.

    conkywx SIX
    conkywx SIX
    conkywx SIX
    conkywx SIX

    Distro File Location
    Arch linux AUR
    Debian based Ubuntu, Mint etc Debian Build
    RPM based Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, Suse, etc RPM Build
    Stand Alone version you can run in your home directory Stand Alone Version
    Download fonts for the VinDSL Templates - has the installer in the archive VinDSL Template fonts

    For this stand alone version run the file to install or remove conkywx fonts.

    People - feedback from you would be great ;-)