User vermaden is back again with another tutorial for his FreeBSD Desktop series. In this blog, he sets up his desktop to display useful information through Conky. The command line tools utilized are ifconfig, gstat, vmstat, mount, and several others. See the link below for the full set of instructions.

Many times I have found myself watching the various ‘debug’ commands like top/ps/mount/df or various log files like /var/log/messages or /var/log/automount.log when I thought something went wrong … or just takes little too long. I needed to open several terminal xterm(1) sessions (which is quite fast as I open them with [WIN]+[SPACE] and then [ENTER] but still …) and check what went wrong.

These actions tired my so I created a thing called Global Dashboard with all information I would ever need for such debugging.

Full tutorial: