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I'm having one HELL of a time configuring i3. I love the window manager, but I can't seem to get it to display me some sort of statusbar.

Ive been hacking about with dzen2 in my i3 config file, but to no avail.

Anyone have a simple conf file / instructions to set this up?

All I really want in the i3 bar is:

(left aligned)[workspaces]

(right aligned)[load][vpn yes/no][date][time]


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I gave up setting up i3 + conky + dzen2 combination on Ubuntu some time ago. There was a wrong dzen2 version or something. Check these links: Bug #590350 (Ubuntu) and Bug #561286 (Debian). – Mirzhan Irkegulov Oct 26 '11 at 6:46

In case somebody is looking for this, there is now a statusbar integrated with i3, which fits your purposes. More about this here:

It's simple to configure and the standard config already comes with most of the things the OP is looking for. Highly recommended.

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