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I have been trying to find the names of these two elements so I can edit/remove them. However, I have failed. What widgets(?) are these and where are their config files? And what placed them on the desktop?

EDIT: Thank you, for naming these, jasonwryan. After spending some more time with google, I ran 'locate conky' and was able to find /usr/share/doc/conky-1.10.6_pre/conky.conf & ./conky_no_x11.conf. And because they are in /doc/ I'm thinking they are examples? I can not locate any other conky.conf files.

The end goal is to merge the two into the bottom left instance, so my less-used (and easy to forget) $mod combinations are listed along with the computer RAM (shown as used/free).

  • They are conky instances.
    – jasonwryan
    Mar 13, 2017 at 0:00
  • Conky config files are usually hidden files in the user's $HOME directory with names like .conky.conf or something similar. Try ls -a in a fresh terminal to see them.
    – Mio Rin
    Mar 13, 2017 at 14:58
  • @Mioriin, no such files found in /home/me or /home/me/.config/ which according to Arch wiki is where the file should live.
    – 345422
    Mar 13, 2017 at 15:16

2 Answers 2


This is managed from the i3 config

$ grep conky ~/.i3/config 
exec --no-startup-id start_conky_maia
# exec --no-startup-id start_conky_green
$ which start_conky_maia 

So to change how the conky starts in Manjaro i3 Desktop.Either comment out the lines in ~/.i3/config, or copy the above scripts and edit to your hearts content.

In my case, I have added ~/bin to my $PATH so I can do the following.

$ cp /usr/bin/start_conky_maia ~/bin/start_conky_custom 

$ cat ~/bin/start_conky_custom 

# conky -c /usr/share/conky/conky1.10_shortcuts_maia &&
# conky -c /usr/share/conky/conky_maia &&
conky -c  /usr/share/conky/conky_green &&

exit 0

$ grep conky ~/.i3/config 
# exec --no-startup-id start_conky_maia
exec --no-startup-id start_conky_custom

Reload, restart i3.


The default session of Manjaro 17 (i3 edition) is using the files in /usr/share/conky/.

Pick the ones you want to use and copy them to /home/user/(.config), then edit the options for conky's startup in i3's settings to use those instead.

Now you can edit the new config files to suit your needs.

  • Do I need to rename these files from say conky_grey to conky_grey.conf?
    – 345422
    Mar 13, 2017 at 17:43
  • You can rename them to anything you want. Just remember to point the conky startup in i3 to the new files. ;)
    – Mio Rin
    Mar 13, 2017 at 18:11

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