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Pidgin status v2

As requested by bleketux, I made some modifications to script.

Main news is that now it is possible to change Pidgin status message periodically. Script will go to background (it is a real daemon now :P), change the status, and wait for the set time interval until it changes the message again, and then all over again, wait-change-wait-change.

To change status message every 5 minutes with a random line from file /home/miljan/quotes/dusko_radovic.txt: -d -t 5 -f /home/miljan/quote/dusko_radovic.txt

And in Pidgin you would get something like this every five minutes:

To show the song you are listening to as status message: -s “Mukeka di Rato – Kustapassaaessedrmobral”

And in Pidgin it would look like:

You can see all possible options by running script with -h argument for help.

bleketux, I hope you are still around to enjoy this. ;)



Setting Pidgin Status with Python or How to Waste Perfectly Good Saturday

I was very bored today. Tired from working on Ratuus (don’t go there, site is under heavy construction :)) I needed something to help me take my mind off everything. And what better way to do it, than playing with Python, Pidgin and D-BUS. :D

To cut the long story short, I needed something that will update my Pidgin status message with the information about the current song I am listening. Till recently I was using Rhythmbox player and there is a perfect little Pidgin plugin called Current Track that worked with this player. Last week I discovered gmusicbrowser and fell in love immediately. It is fast, rich with functionalities but still simple to use. Exactly what I want from audio player. (Hm, I just noticed it is written in PERL. Now when Python is used for everything this comes as a big surprise.)

gmusicbrowser already has a plugin called NowPlaying. It will trigger some command whenever song is changed. I just needed to write this command that will inform Pidgin about the change. So, this seemed like a perfect exercise for slow Saturday. :)

Quick search on Pidgin and D-BUS showed extensive documentation about Pidgin API accessible through D-BUS. There is even a working example of how to change the status message! :)

But that was too simple, so I got another idea. Some time ago, I wrote a small daemon in C that will bind to a specific port and display random bofh-excuses fortune messages when someone would telnet to it. (Seems like I have a lot of spare time. I should really find some hobby!) Something similar to telnet 666 (here for more information). So I was thinking about implementing the same for my Pidgin status. Random BOFH excuses in your status message! How cool geeky is that!

The result of all that is short (~60 lines of code) Python script that will set your Pidgin status message to:

a) you current song -m The Real McKenzies – Outta Scotch

b) random line from a file -f /usr/local/share/bofh-example

c) anything you give as the command line argument Some very interesting and funny status message

Only difference between a) and c) is the type of the icon that will be shown. In example a) there will be a small musical note, while in example b) and c) nice arrow pointing to right side will be show.

In the middle of testing I noticed this strange message:

Being from Serbia myself, I find this extremely funny. Although, I didn’t know Serbian hackers are so notorious! :)

I hope someone will find it useful. In any case, I am accepting donations for some long and adventurous vacation. As you can see, I really need it! :D