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custom dzen2 statusbar notification shell script reports "status_command exited unexpectedly"

asked 2015-10-23 14:34:15 +0000

toogley gravatar image

updated 2015-10-23 14:43:25 +0000


I use a shell script to display the date and such things in my statusbar. I cut out irrelevant parts of both the i3 config file and the shellscript. When i3 is started, the statusbar displays "Error: status_command exited unexpectedly (exit 0)" along with the dzen2 bar. How can i fix that?

My i3 config contains:

bar {
        status_command sh ~/.i3/


DZEN="dzen2 -x $X -y $Y -w $WIDTH -h $HEIGHT -ta right -bg $DZEN_BG -fg $DZEN_FG"

while true
    echo "`date`"
done | $DZEN &
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answered 2015-10-23 15:39:29 +0000

Airblader gravatar image

Remove the bar block from your i3 config entirely and instead add

exec --no-startup-id ~/.i3/

Dzen is a complete status bar, you don't want to feed its output into i3bar but actually just start it.

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i actualy like the rest of my Statusbar (mainly the displaying of the windows). I assume, i can get that equally with dzen2, but a little search hasn't answered the problem. ==> Is this the only option and if so, could you give me a hint how to display the windows like the default i3bar in dzen2?

toogley gravatar imagetoogley ( 2015-10-23 17:10:22 +0000 )edit

You can only do that by providing all that information to dzen using the i3 IPC. That's a bit of work, I'm sure solutions exist out there already, though. But I don't know them, you'll have to search for them. Why exactly do you want to use dzen? What do you want to do that i3bar can't do?

Airblader gravatar imageAirblader ( 2015-10-23 17:57:40 +0000 )edit

Hey, I wanted to have more control over my statusbar (like different colors for time and date), and for that i didn't liked i3status. I'm using now conky for that, it solves my problems much better as dzen2. => solved, thanks

toogley gravatar imagetoogley ( 2015-10-24 11:35:40 +0000 )edit

You're confusing very different things here. i3bar is a bar, i3status only a data tool. Dzen is a bar, conky is a data tool (in this context). So Dzen and conky are entirely different things and not "alternatives".Anyway, I usually recommend using i3blocks with i3bar, but conky and i3bar is fine too

Airblader gravatar imageAirblader ( 2015-10-24 16:29:56 +0000 )edit

Thanks for the clarification :)

toogley gravatar imagetoogley ( 2015-10-30 15:19:28 +0000 )edit

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