Any chance of seeing a port of Conky?

Jeff Friedman friedmanjeff1 at
Sat Nov 30 07:27:56 PST 2013

Thanks for the replies, folks.

I didn't realise that Conky wouldn't  be compatible with OS X.  I will,
however, have a look at GeekTool.

Thanks again for being helpful.

Best wishes,

On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM, Clemens Lang <cal at> wrote:

> 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.
> GeekTool:
> HTH,
> --
> Clemens Lang
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