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Transparent Conky in KDE

For the benefit of any Googlers who are looking for how to do this, and for my own benefit when I forget:

Trying to get Conky to be transparent in KDE would either cause all my icons to disappear, the entire background to turn black, or Conky itself to appear entirely black. "own_window" and "own_window_transparent" and "own_window_type" in any combination didn't matter.

The answer is to go to Control Center -> Desktop -> Behavior and check "Show icons on desktop" and "Allow programs in desktop window". I was struggling for two days trying to figure this out.

EDIT: Strangely, I sometimes have to enable / disable this option in KDE, and then restart Conky, and THEN Conky will be properly transparent. Odd.

August 05, 2006 @ 9:46 AM PDT
Cateogory: Linux
Tags: KDE, Conky, Linux

3 Comments

dR0PS
Quoth dR0PS on January 27, 2007 @ 1:16 AM PST

thanks for pointing that out ! was looking for the problem some time now just thought it's a problem between beryl,conky combined with beta nvidia-drivers.

but doh! it's kde!

Brian
Quoth Brian on January 28, 2007 @ 3:15 AM PST

You're welcome. See also my continuation of why this works.

Joe Linux
Quoth Joe Linux on March 07, 2009 @ 5:08 AM PST

Here's a script the restarts conky and refreshes the desktop

# Filename:      conkytoggle.sh
# Purpose:       toggle conky on/off from menu
# Authors:       Kerry and anticapitalista for antiX
# Latest change: Sun April 13, 2008.
#######################################################

#!/bin/sh

if pidof conky | grep [0-9] > /dev/null
then
 killall conky

 touch ~/Desktop/u.txt; rm ~/Desktop/u.txt

else
 conky
fi