Konsole monitoring with twitter and python
This happens to me all the time, especially when running programs that takes hours to complete.
- Start the code
- Go out for some tea or movie.
- When you come back, you find that the program had decided to piss you off by crashing 2 seconds after you went away from the keyboard.
The amount of cuss words thrown at the code/program is directly proportional to the silliness of the cause of the crash or error. Even more, if its a typo. Now that twitter allows tweets to be sent to Bharti AirTel (Boohoo others) numbers, and add Python + python-twitter + konsole (Terminal emulator from KDE) to the mix, you can get a very rudimentary notification system which can DM you when konsole activity changes.
To do this, First Enable ‘Monitor for Silence’ in ‘View’ Menu
Then ‘Settings’ -> ‘Configure Notifications’. In the dialog that pops us, configure the notifications such that it executes a python script. The dialog should look something like this,
The real deal is in the script. It uses the python-twitter module to send a DM from a dummy account to whatever account you want the notifications to go to.
#!/usr/bin/env python import twitter username = "dummy_account" password = "password" receiver = "sup3rkiddo" def sendDM(): try: api = twitter.Api(username=username, password=password) stats = api.PostDirectMessage(receiver, "*Done compiling*") except: print "Error!" if __name__ == '__main__': sendDM()
Thats it! Simple but useful ;p (Of course, change the message according your needs)