Posts Tagged ‘panel’

Google Calendar in the Gnome panel

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

My calendar on the desktopI haven’t really used the calendar part of the little clock I have in my gnome panel, since its integrated with Evolution, and I use Thunderbird for my mail and Google Calendar for my calendar.

The other day I decided to try out Evolution again—after all, you never know—and I subscribed to some of my calendars from Google Calendar, and they appeared automatically in the panel calendar.

Now I can have my calendars on my desktop :-)

The calendars show up even without Evolution, because they are handled by the Evolution Database Server which can be used independently of Evolution.

Sawfish functions for hotkeys and panel launchers

Monday, August 30th, 2004

One of my laptops has a series of hotkeys that send ACPI events, so I made a script to handle these events, which I later extended to be usable from the desktop or the panel too.

The various applications have different needs, and I use them in different ways. I only have one mail reader open, and its always in the same workspace, while I have many browser windows open in different workspaces. Others, like my calendar application, are used more like dialogs, where I show and hide them in the current workspace. Many require a close interaction with my window manager.

The core of the script looks like this:

case "$1" in
    hotkey)
	case "$3" in
	    00000030) aumix -v+5;;
	    00000031) aumix -v-5;;
	    00000032) mute;;

	    00000040) xmms --rew & ;;
	    00000041) xmms --fwd & ;;
	    00000043) xmms --stop & ;;
	    00000045) xmms --play-pause & ;;

	    00000050) launch_mailer;;
	    00000051) launch_browser;;
	    00000052) launch_xchat;;
	    00000053) launch_calendar ;;

	    0000005c) show_hide_desktop ;;
	esac
	;;

    weblogs)	launch_web_logs;;
    xchat)	launch_xchat;;
    calendar)	launch_calendar;;
    mail)	launch_mailer;;
    vmware)	launch_vmware;;
esac

When called by acpid the invokation is like this:

hotkey hotkey ATKD 00000052

and from a Gnome launcher in the panel or on the desktop:

hotkey calendar

Sound keys

The cd player keys and the volume controls are all software controlled, so if I don’t do anything, they won’t work. I usually play music with xmms and use aumix or setmixer for volume control, so they are the programs used in my scripts.

The volume up/down and play/rew/fwd/stop commands above are all self explanatory. Its all the in the manuals for xmms and aumix. There is no mute function in aumix, so I had to invent one, and it had to restore the correct volume after muting. After some attempts I came up with this:

function mute () {
    case "$(aumix -vq)" in
	"vol 0, 0")
	    (grep '^vol:' ~/.aumixrc-mute 2>/dev/null || echo 'vol:100:100:P') |
	    aumix -f /dev/stdin -L >/dev/null
	    ;;
        *)
            aumix -f ~/.aumixrc-mute -S -v0
	    ;;
    esac
}

It’ll mute and restore the volume at alternating invocations, perfect for a mute button.

Hide and show all windows

I think the button is intended to turn the wifi trasmitter on and off, but I use it for the desktop. The code is this:

function show_hide_desktop () {
    exec sawfish-client -- << EOF
(if (showing-desktop-p)
    (hide-desktop)
  (show-desktop))
EOF
}

Only one application instance open

For some applications I only want one instance open at a given time. It can be my mail reader, vmware, my irc client or any other applications where several instances can be confusing or harmful.

I use the window manager to decide what to do, for example for the mail client:

function launch_mailer () {
    exec sawfish-client -- << EOF
(let ((window (or (get-window-by-name-re "^Mutt")
		  (get-window-by-name-re " - Ximian Evolution$")
		  (get-window-by-name-re "Mozilla Thunderbird$"))))
  (if window
      (display-window window)
    (select-workspace (cdr (workspace-limits )))
    (start-process nil "mozilla-thunderbird")
    )
  )
EOF
}

This function will check for an open mail reader, and if found switch to that window (changing workspace if necessary), and if not found, it will move to the last workspace and launch Mozilla Thunderbird.

Dialog-type application

This is a bit more complicated. I want my calendar to always be around when I need it, but not get in the way when I don’t need it.

I do this by always keeping it in the current workspace, but iconified. This function does it all:

function launch_calendar () {
    exec sawfish-client -- << EOF
(let ((window (or (get-window-by-name "Mozilla Sunbird")
                  (get-window-by-name "Mozilla Calendar"))))
  (if window
      (if (and (window-in-workspace-p window current-workspace)
	       (not (window-iconified-p window))
	       (eq (window-visibility window) 'unobscured))
	  (iconify-window window)
	(move-window-to-workspace window (car (window-workspaces window)) current-workspace)
	(display-window window))
    (start-process nil "sunbird")
    )
  )
EOF
}

If the calendar application is already started, it will check if it is in the current workspace and fully visible. If it is it is iconified, otherwise it is moved into the current workspace, de-iconified and brought to the front. If the calendar is not running, it is started.

The overall effect of this is that alternately display and hide the calendar, regardless of where it was left the last time. One click opens the calendar, the next click closes it.

None of this is quite rocket science, but they are some of those little things that makes day to day work move a bit swifter.