I redid my i3bar recently with conky. This morning when I woke up the there were un-recognized characters symbols in my bar (where there are spaces in my conkyrc file)enter image description here. Nothing has really changed to my knowledge and I am not sure why this happened overnight. My conkyrc:

background no
out_to_x no
out_to_console yes
update_interval 1
total_run_times 0
use_spacer right

${if_mpd_playing}${mpd_artist}   ${mpd_title}${endif}          \
  ${wireless_essid wlp7s0}          \
  ${exec amixer get Master | sed -n 's/^.*\[\([0-9]\+\)%.*$/\1/p'| uniq}          \
  ${cpu cpu}%          \
  $memperc%          \
  ${time %a %b %d}          \
  ${time %I:%M %P}          \
  ${battery_percent BAT0}% ${exec acpi -b | awk "{print $1}" | sed 's/\([^:]*\): \([^,]*\), \([0-9]*\)%.*/\2/'}          

And my i3bar config:

bar {
        status_command conky -c $HOME/.i3/conky/conkyrc
        mode dock
        position top
colors {
        background #F1F2F6
        statusline #788491
        separator #51c4d4

        focused_workspace  #F1F2F6 #F1F2F6 #4FC0E8
        active_workspace   #F1F2F6 #F1F2F6 #4FC0E8
        inactive_workspace #F1F2F6 #F1F2F6 #C1D1E0
        urgent_workspace   #F1F2F6 #F1F2F6 #C1D1E0
  • The lines in your post after TEXT start with a weird character in column 1. Is this an artifact of your copy/paste, or actually in the file? Try cat -vet conkyrc to check for non-printing chars. – meuh Jan 25 '18 at 16:49
  • Those are icons. This is the out of the vet pastebin.com/2wNnqa5K – akhilcjacob Jan 25 '18 at 17:28
  • U+0020 (presumably what the box with 0020 means) is the character code for space. Odd that it'd being displayed as a replacement character instead of a space... – derobert Jan 25 '18 at 17:43
  • Ok. My browser doesn't have the right fonts. You might try running conky with --debug or -D -D to see if it has any warnings. Note if you have conky version 1.10 it will be autoconverting your file to the new format. – meuh Jan 25 '18 at 17:46

Found the answer: updating the awesome font seemed to fix it.

pacaur -S awesome-terminal-fonts

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