Any chance of seeing a port of Conky?

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at
Sat Nov 30 07:34:59 PST 2013

Another possibility is htop:

$ port info htop
htop @ (sysutils)
Variants:             universal

Description:          This is htop, an interactive process viewer. It 
is a text-mode application (for console or X terminals).

Build Dependencies:   autoconf, automake, libtool
Library Dependencies: ncurses
Platforms:            darwin
License:              GPL-2
Maintainers:          cal at, openmaintainer at


At 3:27 PM +0000 11/30/13, Jeff Friedman wrote:
>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 
><<mailto:cal at>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.
>Clemens Lang
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