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I want to monitor some simulations I run In a way similar to how text monitor display data. I can easily generate a bunch of text files or image files with the data/plot I want to follow. How can I display them as a part of my desktop background in an eye-pleasing way? I tried conky but I couldn't get it to display image. For example, following conky's wiki I have set up this:

TEXT
${image /home/yotam/Downloads/images.jpg -p 20,20 -s 200x200}${image /home/yotam/Downloads/images.jpg -p 20,240 -s 200x200}${image /home/yotam/Downloads/images.jpg -p 20,460 -s 200x200}

And now nothing is displayed.

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It is hard to follow what you are trying to do. Maybe xplot is worth checking out? –  Emanuel Berg Jan 27 '13 at 23:06
    
The simplest way I can describe this is: "I want to generate an applet that will plot some data files which change over time. I look for system monitor plots for inspiration." –  Yotam Jan 28 '13 at 4:21
    
"generate an applet" = write a program? That program must access the text files and present the data as GFX. I don't know of any "system monitor plots", though. –  Emanuel Berg Jan 28 '13 at 19:05
    
I was hoping to change and existing one but yes, essentially write a program. –  Yotam Jan 29 '13 at 6:16
    
Oh, conky is a very good approach, however only if you know about LUA scripting. You might want to check out the forum at crunchbang.org , where some utter wizards have managed to get diagrams displayed on conky. Note that this will absolutely require conky to be compiled with the cairo bindings since cairo will be responsible for all the graphical stuff. Perhaps you could go cutting and pasting some sample code snippets from there and advance in your "quest" that way? –  syntaxerror Sep 28 at 3:51

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