Raging Goblin

21 July 2011

Xfce fakes ghosting of conky characters

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 20:09
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Since the introduction of Gnome 3 I switched to Xfce. I just couldn’t adjust to the new ways to interact with the desktop Gnome forces upon the user. Call me old-fashioned, but at least I tried! After a while I noticed however some ghosting of the characters displayed by conky.

Characters ghosting a little

I have been playing for hours to correct this. To no avail I have been trying many variations of settings of the ‘own_window_hints’. Until I noticed that running applications at the time of shutdown where restarted when Xfce was restarted. In the ‘Session and Startup’ of the Xfce settings manager, I had the option to save the session on logout deliberately disabled. Besides this, conky did not show up in the list of running applications in the ‘Session’ tab. Strange, but a ‘ps’ revealed multiple instances of conky. So no ghosting at all! Just 2 instances of conky running on top of each other.

Starting conky using the following bash snippet released me of this.

#!/bin/bash
sleep 10
conky=`ps -e | grep conky`
if [ "$conky" == '' ]; then
        conky &
fi

4 January 2011

Python imap changes with python 3 (II)

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 21:51
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Due to a new update my conky.rc broke (again). The script that shows the status of my email box (imap.py) now failed with the following message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./imap.py", line 37, in <module>
    server.login(username,password)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 517, in login
    typ, dat = self._simple_command('LOGIN', user, self._quote(password))
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 1067, in _quote
    arg = arg.replace('\\', '\\\\')

This guy explains how to solve it. As a quick fix I added a new line to /usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py on position 1067.

arg = arg.decode("utf-8")

Though this solution will only work until the next update, for now it will do.

12 November 2010

Python imap changes with python 3

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 09:43
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Recently I upgraded my Arch linux box and python switched to version 3 causing my conky.rc to break. Conky shows the status of my email box through the usage of a python script imap.py that failed with the following message:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "imap.py", line 37, in 
    server.login(username,password)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 512, in login
    typ, dat = self._simple_command('LOGIN', user, self._quote(password))
  File "/usr/lib/python3.1/imaplib.py", line 1072, in _quote
    arg = arg.replace(b'\\', b'\\\\')
TypeError: Can't convert 'bytes' object to str implicitly

Found this issue about it. Changing the script with the diff suggested solved the problem. I added the following line right before logging in:

password = bytes(password, "ASCII")

22 May 2010

My .conkyrc

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 19:41
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Here is my conkyrc. The output looks like this:
Conky
It is a modified version of conky-colors. As you can see, I cheat here and there a little by printing a couple of parameters of which I know they don’t change. E.g. my internal ip is static (I set my router up that way).

# Use Xft?
use_xft yes
xftfont Terminus:size=11
xftalpha 0.8
text_buffer_size 2048

# Update interval in seconds
update_interval 1

# This is the number of times Conky will update before quitting.
# Set to zero to run forever.
total_run_times 0

# Create own window instead of using desktop (required in nautilus)
own_window yes
own_window_transparent yes
own_window_type override
#own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager

# Use double buffering (reduces flicker, may not work for everyone)
double_buffer yes

# Minimum size of text area
minimum_size 250
maximum_width 250

# Draw shades?
draw_shades no

# Draw outlines?
draw_outline no

# Draw borders around text
draw_borders no

# Stippled borders?
stippled_borders 0

# border margins
border_inner_margin 5

# border width
border_width 1

# Default colors and also border colors
default_color white
#default_shade_color black
#default_outline_color black
own_window_colour black

# Text alignment, other possible values are commented
#alignment top_left
alignment top_right
#alignment bottom_left
#alignment bottom_right

# Gap between borders of screen and text
# same thing as passing -x at command line
gap_x 35
gap_y 50

# Subtract file system buffers from used memory?
no_buffers yes

# set to yes if you want all text to be in uppercase
uppercase no

# number of cpu samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
cpu_avg_samples 2

# number of net samples to average
# set to 1 to disable averaging
net_avg_samples 2

# Force UTF8? note that UTF8 support required XFT
override_utf8_locale yes

# Add spaces to keep things from moving about?  This only affects certain objects.
use_spacer none

TEXT
SYSTEM ${hr 2}
${voffset 2}${font OpenLogos:size=16}B${font}   Kernel:  ${alignr}${kernel}
${font StyleBats:size=16}q${font}   Uptime: ${alignr}${uptime}

DATE ${hr 2}
${alignc 40}${font Arial Black:size=22}${time %H:%M:%S}${font}
${alignc}${time %d - %m - %Y}

CPU ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font}   CPU: ${cpu cpu1}% ${alignr}${cpubar cpu1 8,60}
${font weather:size=16}y${font}   CPU Temp:${alignr} ${hwmon 0 temp 1}.0 oC
${font StyleBats:size=16}O${font}   CPU Fan:${alignr}${hwmon 0 fan 1} ${font}RPM

GPU ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}E${font}${font}    nVidia Geforce${alignr}7300GT
${font weather:size=16}y${font}    GPU Temp:${alignr}${execi 30 ~/.scripts/gputemp.sh}.0${font} °C

MEM ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font}   RAM: $memperc% ${alignr}${membar 8,60}
${font StyleBats:size=16}j${font}   SWAP: $swapperc% ${alignr}${swapbar 8,60}

HD ${hr 2}
${voffset 4}${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Root:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /}/${fs_size /} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /}
${voffset 4}${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}/var:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /var}/${fs_size /var} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /var}
${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Documents:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /home/rijk/Documents}/${fs_size /home//Documents} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /home//Documents}
${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Backup:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /home/rijk/Backup}/${fs_size /home//Backup} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /home//Backup}
${font Pie charts for maps:size=14}7${font}   ${voffset -5}Films:
${voffset 4}${fs_free /media/Films}/${fs_size /media/Films} ${alignr}${fs_bar 8,60 /media/Films}

NETWORK ${hr 2}

#${if_existing /proc/net/route wlan0}
#${voffset -6}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}O${font}   Up: ${upspeed wlan0} kb/s ${alignr}${upspeedgraph wlan0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}U${font}   Down: ${downspeed wlan0} kb/s ${alignr}${downspeedgraph wlan0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}N${font}   Upload: ${alignr}${totalup wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}T${font}   Download: ${alignr}${totaldown wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}Z${font}   Signal: ${wireless_link_qual wlan0}% ${alignr}${wireless_link_bar 8,60 wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}a${font}   Local Ip: ${alignr}${addr wlan0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}b${font}   Public Ip: ${alignr}${execi 1 ~/.scripts/ip.sh}
#${else}
#${if_existing /proc/net/route eth0}
${voffset -6}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}O${font}   Up: ${upspeed eth0} kb/s ${alignr}${upspeedgraph eth0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}U${font}   Down: ${downspeed eth0} kb/s ${alignr}${downspeedgraph eth0 8,60 F57900 FCAF3E}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}N${font}   Upload: ${alignr}${totalup eth0}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}T${font}   Download: ${alignr}${totaldown eth0}
#${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}a${font}   Local Ip: ${alignr}${addr eth0}
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}a${font}   Local Ip: ${alignr}192.168.2.24
${voffset 4}${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}b${font}   Public Ip: ${alignr}${execi 3600 ~/.scripts/ip.sh}
#${endif}
#{else}
#${font PizzaDude Bullets:size=14}4${font}   Network Unavailable
#${endif}

TOP - CPU ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} ${top name 1}${alignr}${top cpu 1}  ${top mem_res 1}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} ${top name 2}${alignr}${top cpu 2}  ${top mem_res 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}A${font} ${top name 3}${alignr}${top cpu 3}  ${top mem_res 3}

TOP - RAM ${hr 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font} ${top_mem name 1}${alignr}${top_mem cpu 1}  ${top_mem mem_res 1}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font} ${top_mem name 2}${alignr}${top_mem cpu 2}  ${top_mem mem_res 2}
${font StyleBats:size=16}g${font} ${top_mem name 3}${alignr}${top_mem cpu 3}  ${top_mem mem_res 3}

MAIL ${hr 2}
${font Wingdings:size=16}-${font} ${execi 10 echo `grep total ~/.scripts/mail`}
${font Martin Vogel's Symbols:size=16}B${font}  ${execi 10 echo `grep unseen ./.scripts/mail`}

I use a couple of scripts and fonts. The fonts you get when you first install conky colors. These reside in ~/.fonts/conky_colors. Two other fonts I use are Wingdings, to get the mail box and Martin Vogel’s Symbols to get the envelope. All my scripts are in a hidden directory in ~/.scripts. The scripts I use are:

gputemp.sh

#!/bin/bash
tempString=`nvclock -T|grep "GPU temperature"`
echo "${tempString:19:3}"

This one echoes the temp of nvclock.

ip.sh

#!/bin/bash
curl-s myip.dk |grep '"Box"' | egrep -o '[0-9.]+'echo 

This one echoes my ip

The mail is checked by a script I found somewhere on the internet. Through a cron job this script writes the output to a file, which is read by my conkyrc. This seems to be little devious, but I do not know how to print these special fonts with an envelope and a mailbox in python. If anyone knows, please let me know.

imap.py

#!/usr/bin/python
# Author: Bhavik Shah
# Created: 3/5/09
# Description: Simple script that uses the python imap library
# to retrieve number of messages and unread messages from your 
# imap email account. 

# Script is free. Credit to bhaviksblog.com is appreciated =)

import imaplib

# Username should be your username with '@gmail.com' added
# I think the @gmail.com is required.
# If you're trying it with something other than gmail
# you should make the username the full email address
# example@domain.com
username = 
password =  # your pw
mailbox = 'INBOX' # inbox is default
output = '/home//.scripts/mail'

# only tested with gmail and my university email
# it should work with any imap server
# change mail server and port to match your server's info
mailserver = 
port = 993 #ssl

# connect to gmail's server (uses SSL, port 993)
server = imaplib.IMAP4_SSL(mailserver,port)

# gmail uses ssl...if your imap mail server doesn't comment the above
# line and uncomment this one.
# server = imaplib.IMAP4(mailserver,port)

# login with the variables provided up top
server.login(username,password)

# select your mailbox
server.select(mailbox)

# pull info for that mailbox
data = str(server.status(mailbox, '(MESSAGES UNSEEN)'))

# print it all out to a file
tokens = data.split()
total = int(tokens[3])
unseen = int(tokens[5].replace(')\'])',''))
outputFile = open(output, 'w')
outputFile.write('unseen: ' + str(unseen) + '\n')
outputFile.write('total: ' + str(total) + '\n')
outputFile.close()

# clean up output with str_replace()
#print tokens[2].replace('(',''),tokens[3] 
#print tokens[4],tokens[5].replace(')\'])','')

# close the mailbox
server.close()

# logout of the server
server.logout()

30 April 2010

Conky fan number changed again

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 12:27
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Today my fan number switched back to 0. So I changed my conkyrc back to:

${font StyleBats:size=16}O${font}   CPU Fan:${alignr}${hwmon 0 fan 1} ${font}RPM

This starts to annoy me :(.

28 April 2010

Conky fan number changed after upgrade of Arch

Filed under: Linux — Raging Goblin @ 18:15
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I am using Arch linux for my system. This distro has a rolling release schedule. So every now and then you have to upgrade your complete system with ‘pacman -Syu’. This is always a little risky, but the advantage of running bleeding edge software, the minimalistic approach of Arch and the fact that you really install such a system only once made this one the distrohopperstopper for me. Yesterday I upgraded the system and I noticed conky wouldn’t run anymore. Running conky from the command line revealed the problem:

Conky: can't open '/sys/class/hwmon/hwmon0/fan1_input': No such file or directory

Looking in /sys/class/hwmon/hwmon1 revealed that all my sensors where there and not in hwmon0. No idea why, but changing the line in my conkyrc to:

${font StyleBats:size=16}O${font}   CPU Fan:${alignr}${hwmon 1 fan 1} ${font}RPM

made me a happy conky user again:

Conky

Anyone knows why this happened?

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