I3 Wonky Conky Behaviour: two of the Same?

Hi Garuda maintainers,

A follow up to my post regarding transparency in conky, I did a bit more digging and believe the Garuda i3 default install runs two of the same conkys.

The default i3 config file starts up two conkys.

exec --no-startup-id conky
exec --no-startup-id conky -c ~/.config/conky/conky-shcts

The first one runs a "top" as conky must be configured to look for "conky.conf" in


While diagnosing conky, I noticed the following

ps -ef | grep conky
jsamuel   678061       1  0 17:36 ?        00:00:00 conky -c /home/jsamuel/.config/conky/conky-shcts
jsamuel   678386       1  1 17:36 ?        00:00:01 conky --daemonize --pause=1
jsamuel   679482  679449  0 17:37 pts/0    00:00:00 grep conky

Note that my i3 config, I have commented out the first conky exec

#exec --no-startup-id conky 
exec --no-startup-id conky -c ~/.config/conky/conky-shcts

But I still get the nice Conky "Top" on my left, and the i3 shortcuts on the right as something other than i3 config starts a "default" conky when i3 starts.

So with the i3 default setup, you end up running two conky "tops", they probably fit so nicely on top of each other you would not notice..

Perhaps the maintainers can confirm this, but it would probably best to remove whatever calls

conky --daemonize --pause=1

And leave conky startup to i3 config file so that users can add or remove as many conkys as they wish via i3 config.

Thanks for your attention in this matter. I hope it helps. My inxi is below.

  Kernel: 5.19.6-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 12.2.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
    root=UUID=91f29d57-8423-442e-a227-98363728a986 rw [email protected]
    quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
  Desktop: i3 v: 4.20.1 info: i3bar vt: 7 dm: LightDM v: 1.32.0
    Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Mini-pc System: Fanless Mini PC product: Quieter 3 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required> Chassis: type: 35 serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Fanless Mini PC model: Rev JSL1 1.10 serial: <superuser required>
    UEFI: American Megatrends LLC. v: ML_JPL1V3.2 date: 06/16/2022
  Device-1: hidpp_battery_11 model: Logitech MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic
    Mouse serial: <filter> charge: 55% (should be ignored) rechargeable: yes
    status: discharging
  Info: model: Intel Celeron N5105 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Tremont
    built: 2019 process: Intel 10nm family: 6 model-id: 0x9C (156) stepping: 0
    microcode: 0x24000023
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 256 KiB
    desc: d-4x32 KiB; i-4x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 1x1.5 MiB L3: 4 MiB
    desc: 1x4 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 2109 high: 2895 min/max: 800/2900 scaling:
    driver: intel_pstate governor: powersave cores: 1: 1759 2: 2000 3: 2895
    4: 1784 bogomips: 15974
  Flags: ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: mmio_stale_data mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT disabled
  Type: retbleed status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer
  Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Enhanced IBRS, IBPB: conditional, RSB
    filling, PBRSB-eIBRS: Not affected
  Type: srbds status: Vulnerable: No microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: Intel JasperLake [UHD Graphics] driver: i915 v: kernel
    arch: Gen-11 process: Intel 10nm built: 2019-21 ports: active: HDMI-A-2
    empty: DP-1,HDMI-A-1,HDMI-A-3 bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:4e61
    class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 21.1.4 compositor: Picom v: git-7e568
    driver: X: loaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,intel,vesa gpu: i915
    display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3440x1440 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 910x381mm (35.83x15.00")
    s-diag: 987mm (38.84")
  Monitor-1: HDMI-A-2 mapped: HDMI-2 model: LG (GoldStar) ULTRAWIDE
    serial: <filter> built: 2016 res: 3440x1440 hz: 60 dpi: 109 gamma: 1.2
    size: 800x335mm (31.5x13.19") diag: 867mm (34.1") modes: max: 3440x1440
    min: 640x480
  Message: Unable to show GL data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
  Device-1: Intel Jasper Lake HD Audio vendor: Realtek driver: snd_hda_intel
    v: kernel alternate: snd_sof_pci_intel_icl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
    chip-ID: 8086:4dc8 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.19.6-zen1-1-zen running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 16.1 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.56 running: yes
  Device-1: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 160MHz driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    bus-ID: 00:14.3 chip-ID: 8086:4df0 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlp0s20f3 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    driver: r8169 v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000
    bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel AX201 Bluetooth type: USB driver: btusb v: 0.8
    bus-ID: 1-8:5 chip-ID: 8087:0026 class-ID: e001
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: down
    bt-service: enabled,running rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes
    address: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 230.47 GiB used: 35.64 GiB (15.5%)
  SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends
  ID-1: /dev/mmcblk1 maj-min: 179:0 model: A3A444 size: 230.47 GiB
    block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 0x8 scheme: GPT
  ID-1: / raw-size: 158.14 GiB size: 158.14 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.29 GiB
    (9.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/mmcblk1p4 maj-min: 179:4
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 300 MiB size: 299.4 MiB (99.80%) used: 608 KiB
    (0.2%) fs: vfat dev: /dev/mmcblk1p1 maj-min: 179:1
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 158.14 GiB size: 158.14 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.29
    GiB (9.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/mmcblk1p4 maj-min: 179:4
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 158.14 GiB size: 158.14 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.29
    GiB (9.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/mmcblk1p4 maj-min: 179:4
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 158.14 GiB size: 158.14 GiB (100.00%) used: 14.29
    GiB (9.0%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/mmcblk1p4 maj-min: 179:4
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 7.52 GiB used: 179 MiB (2.3%) priority: 100
    dev: /dev/zram0
  ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 8.8 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%)
    priority: -2 dev: /dev/mmcblk1p3 maj-min: 179:3
  System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 290 Uptime: 2d 23h 8m wakeups: 47302 Memory: 7.52 GiB used: 2.32
  GiB (30.9%) Init: systemd v: 251 default: graphical tool: systemctl
  Compilers: gcc: 12.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1282 lib: 326 Shell: Bash
  v: 5.1.16 running-in: alacritty inxi: 3.3.20
Garuda (2.6.6-1):
  System install date:     2022-08-27
  Last full system update: 2022-09-03
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       NetworkManager
  Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
  Snapshots:               Snapper
  Failed units:            systemd-vconsole-setup.service
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Ok :slight_smile:

On my PC conky start only if I set

exec --no-startup-id conky 

No magic conky autostart.

Your system work here until I reboot, then I have only the shortcuts but not my conky on the left. After using 'conky' in the terminal I got "my" conky back.

Did you install something else?

With a non-transparent background, everything is fine on the ISO, so I'll leave it that way.

If the end user wants something different, he has to set it up himself.

Which is usually necessary anyway because of the different hardware conditions.


Thanks for checking - apologies for sending you down my rabbit holes :slight_smile:

Figured it out. I was messing with conky and set the "window_type" to "desktop", I think conky put an autostart in my desktop config for that reason. Removed the offending file and its gone.

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