I came across irssi-libnotify integration in a picture in blog post I read this morning.
I thought about this, and decided that this was something I had to have. I often don’t pay attention to my IRC while I’m busy with something else, and miss out on a conversation that I’m being hailed in. (By something else, I’m meaning non-important, non-masked-interrupts-something-else.)
It isn’t an easy problem to solve, though. Irssi is running on a remote machine inside screen. I’ll be accessing it from one of many machines, possibly NATed, and possibly unable to receive incoming TCP connections.
I googled around a bit, and came across 3 main classes of solution to this problem:
As you can see, they all have major short-comings, and I wasn’t about to implement any of them.
Finally, I realized that Jabber would be a good way to hail me. My laptop / desktop / n800 / foo all run jabber clients. Perfect. I googled, and found a few pre-canned solutions. I settled for jabber-hilight-notify. It runs a jabber client in a perl irssi script. This then sends me a message whenever a hilighted line crops up. (Assuming I’m not in “Do Not Distrub” mode)
I initially had some problems with getting jabber-hilight-notify working. It turns out that setting a custom resource string is a bad idea. My final config was:
My Pidgin provides the libnotify integration, although jabber-hilight-notify’s designed to work with Tavu (a desktop-notification frontend for KDE). I think a better approach would be to use Telepathy. If such a general telepathy-based solution could be found, then it would be easy to have multiple remote daemons send notifications to you via jabber transport.
Now to see if I’m still happy with it after a week of it interrupting me.