i'd like to display the output of
lsb_release -ds in my Conky display. ftr, in my current installation that would output
Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia.
i had thought of assigning the output of that command to a local variable but it seems Conky doesn't do local vars.
maybe assigning the output of that command to a global (system) variable? but that's a kludge and it's not at all clear that Conky can access global vars.
sounds like an
exec... might do it but the docs stress that that's resource inefficient and since this is a static bit of info (for any given login session) it seems a waste to keep running it over and over.
so, what to do? suggestions most welcome.