I wanted to add mpd informations to my conky and therefore I created a script which role is to get the cover from ID3 tags

This script is called using the {exec 'path'} command

My probleme is that since I added this feature, my conky refuses to stand on his own :

If I launch it from a terminal using

conky -c `path.conkyrc` &

it will stop when closing the terminal. I tried using the -d option as well

I also tried to launch it at startup with a sh script run at startup : It works well at first but if I open a terminal, conky will close with the terminal i openned ... strange

removing the call to {exec 'path'} solves everything so it is clearly the problem origin

For the record, the script i am using is

exiftool -b -Picture "$MPD_MUSIC_PATH/$(mpc --format "%file%" current)" > "$TMP_COVER_PATH" &
  • Does Conky really close or did it simply go under the root desktop window? When Conky "closes" what do you get with pgrep conky?
    – Joseph R.
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 10:30
  • ps -A | grep conky tells me it's still running. it must do under the root destop window then
    – Amxx
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 10:33
  • What do you have own_window and own_window_type set to?
    – Joseph R.
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 10:35
  • own_window yes own_window_hints undecorated,below,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager own_window_argb_visual yes own_window_argb_value 102 own_window_type desktop
    – Amxx
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 10:42
  • Changing thos to the settings of my "main" conky solved the problem, sorry
    – Amxx
    Commented Jul 31, 2013 at 10:44

1 Answer 1


The issue wasn't conky closing but it going behind everything, including the wallpaper.

Changing the window settings solved the problem:

own_window yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_transparent no
own_window_argb_visual yes
own_window_type normal
own_window_class conky-semi
own_window_hints undecorate,sticky,skip_taskbar,skip_pager,below
own_window_argb_value 128
own_window_colour 000000

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