On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 6:22 AM, Ciprian Dorin Craciun <
ciprian.crac...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 2:26 PM, Michael Stapelberg <mich...@i3wm.org>
> > The recommended way is to wrap i3status as described in its manpage.
> The whole purpose of `i3status` is that it's lightweight both in terms
> of resources and OS calls.  Wrapping it in a script that each second
> spawns a bunch of processes just to add memory usage is counter to its
> purpose...
> ...

> However I would like to ask the developers to please reconsider adding
> such a basic and useful piece of information.  (But as said I'll live
> this here.)
> Thanks for i3,
> Ciprian.

There are several alternatives to i3status.  I haven't had time to try any
of them.  I have been using conky for years, so I use it.

In my config file I have:

bar {
    output             HDMI1
    tray_output        HDMI1
    status_command     conky -c ~/.i3/conkyrc.left
    mode               dock
    position           bottom
    workspace_buttons  yes
    font               $font

    colors {
    background         $root
    statusline         $foreground
    focused_workspace  $foreground $focused   $foreground
    active_workspace   $foreground $active    $foreground
    inactive_workspace $foreground $unfocused $foreground
    urgent_workspace   $urgentfg   $urgentbg  $urgentfg

I have two monitors.  Both conky files have the following settings at the
top of the file:

background no
use_xft yes
out_to_console yes
out_to_x no
update_interval 2
total_run_times 0
double_buffer yes
border_inner_margin 0
border_outer_margin 0
use_spacer none
if_up_strictness address
short_units yes

In file for my left monitor I have:

BKK ${tztime UTC-7 %T} \
 CCSD ${tztime PST8PDT %T} \
 PT-0{1,2,3} ${tztime MST7MDT %T}    |    \
en01 ${addr eno1} ${downspeed eno1} ${upspeed eno1}  \
 ${if_up tun0}  tun0 ${addr tun0} ${downspeed tun0} ${upspeed tun0}
 ${endif} \
 port ${tcp_portmon 1 65535 count}    |    \
$nodename ($kernel) $uptime \
 ${time %F %T}

In the file for the right monitor I have:

CLP $cpu=${cpu cpu0}+${cpu cpu1} \
 $loadavg \
 $running_processes / $processes    |    \
MS $mem/$memmax ($memperc%) \
 $swap/$swapmax ($swapperc%)    |    \
D / ${fs_used /}/${fs_size /}    |    \
G ${execi 50 if pgrep sandbox > /dev/null ; then genlop -cn | grep
'Currently merging'  ; else echo -n Las Sync: ; ~/.i3/lastsync.sh ; fi}
 |    \
HKUT $nodename ($kernel) $uptime \
 ${time %T}

Some of this is specific to gentoo and needs gentools.

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