Any chance of seeing a port of Conky?

Clemens Lang cal at
Sat Nov 30 05:56:31 PST 2013

On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 10:59:02AM +0000, Jeff Friedman wrote:
> Let me know if you think this is possible.

Unfortunately I don't think writing a port for Conky will achieve what
you expect it to.

First, "Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X", where "X"
is the X window system. While Macs can run an X server using XQuartz
they usually do so without a root window (i.e. they don't display a
desktop background, but rather try to integrate with Mac OS X' window
management). Conky however draws its statistics into the X root window,
where you'll only be able to see them if you switch to XQuartz'
full-screen mode using Cmd+Opt+A (if you have it enabled in XQuartz'
preferences), which will hide all your standard OS X windows.

Second, there are only few standards for system monitoring and OS X and
other BSD derivates are probably sufficiently different from Linux
systems in this regard that some of Conky's statistics features might
not even work on OS X, e.g. Conky might attempt to use the Linux method
to read your current CPU usage or network traffic, which might just not
work on OS X, or worse, crash the process.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to achieve the same on OS X, e.g.

Clemens Lang

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