Conky (or system monitors)?

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AlbertoZ
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Conky (or system monitors)?

Postby AlbertoZ » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:13 pm

Hello there,

I'm an aficionado of my Cinnamon desktop environment in Linux Mint 18.3. In conjunction with conky (system monitor) it is a real eye-catcher,
What do you think about conky itself? Is it adding lot of overhead? Do you use it in your audio production setup?
Any experience to be shared here?

Alberto

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Re: Conky (or system monitors)?

Postby protozone » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:43 pm

I know i will sound ignorant asking this, but what exactly is Conky?
If it's a compositor, can I safely delete it?

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Re: Conky (or system monitors)?

Postby gimmeapill » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:07 am

Conky has been part of my setup for a good 10+ years (I run it on top of Fluxbox), and I don't remember having any particular issue for audio production, nothing like xruns, etc... So I'd say go for it.
But it highly depends on how you configure your monitors. Since it can run pretty much any back end command at any polling interval, you could perfectly mess up performance pretty badly ;-)
Last I remember, I kept mostly basic settings like cpu, top processes, memory disk usage and network throughput with a polling every second.
I'd say, if you suspect that it is causing some issues, try first lowering the polling frequency and/or measure it in parallel with top or htop, see if it ends up in the top process list.
With Cinnamon, I think you might also run into issues with compositing, although I don't have much experience there (since Fluxbox is not that sophisticated).

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Re: Conky (or system monitors)?

Postby protozone » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:07 pm

I don't anything about conky in particular. I think I totally removed it from my MX system.
Some DAW sites claim that compositing should be disabled. I tried it both ways on Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu, and some other Linuxes.
Ultimately, I don't think it makes much difference anymore for the types of computers and programs that I use. So I turn all the features of
the compositor on and it looks really nice.

I did see a study that Compiz will bog down a syste perhaps if you set it for 3D desktop effects.
Maybe compositing is more of an issue for larger screens.

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Re: Conky (or system monitors)?

Postby AlbertoZ » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:26 pm

@protozone; Conky is this kind of tool:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conky_(software)#/media/File:Arch_Linux.png
and it allows to continuously keep under control CPU, Memory, Disk, Netiwork etc.
Since it polls data every (typ) 1 sec, I wonedered about the audio process impacts,
which should have priority over all process.

@gimmeapill: ok, good to know. Thanks for the suggestions..

alberto


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