What is a System Monitor?
System monitors show various system indicators like HDD, Network, and CPU usage. If you want to learn more about your computer, it’s a must have tool.
I guide you to install
conky, which is extremely powerful and customizable system monitor tool.
To install bare
conky on Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint;
sudo apt-get install conky-all
In the same fashion, you may want to install the following packages which will extend conky’s abilities.
sudo apt-get install **conky curl lm-sensors hddtemp
Congratulations, you have just installed conky. You can start it by typing
conky on your favorite console. Check out your desktop and you will see something like this.
Pretty ugly, isn’t it? Let’s make it prettier. Kill the current conky with
killall -SIGUSR1 conky
Installing Conky Themes
There are tons of conky themes on Internet. You can check them out on devianart. I will install Conky-Colors by
helmuthdu. His theme requires
python-statgrab package but it is not available on Ubuntu repositories. Therefore, we need to manually install it.
- Install its dependancy libstatgrab or download the package directly from here.
- Install the packages:
sudo apt-get install aptitude python-keyring python-statgrab ttf-ubuntu-font-family hddtemp curl lm-sensors conky-all
- Make hddtemp executable.
sudo chmod u+s /usr/sbin/hddtemp
- Now answer all yes.
- Restart your session.
- Download the theme from devianart. Unzip the package.
- Enter the directory.
- Compile the package
- Install the package
sudo make install
Now you have installed the conky-colors package. You can type conky-colors in terminal and choose from endless options. Here is a jump-start for you. If you have more than 2 CPU, increase it to your number. If you don’t know how many CPUs you have, this will tell you:
cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep cores
conky-colors --cpu=2 --calendar --photord --clementine=cd --hd=default --network --theme=wise
It will output how to run conky with the selected theme.
conky -c **~**/.conkycolors/conkyrc
Now, you will see something like this.
If you recieve errors like this:
convert: command not found
Conky: Unable to load image '/tmp/conkycolors/conkyCover.png'
/home/halil/.conkycolors/bin/conkyCover: identify: not found
sudo apt-get install imagemagick
Run Conky on Startup
If you are using Ubuntu Unity, which is the one that you download by default then open unity start menu and run Startup Applications.
Add a new entry and give command that the theme has produced. Change the username.
conky -c /home/**USERNAME**/.conkycolors/conkyrc
Now, conky will start on boot, automatically.