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using xosd for irc notifications and other goodness

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so, here is the situation:

you have a machine behind a firewall and you have an ssh session to a server. and you want to send notifications to you machine. here is what i did, maybe useful for others, too

  • you'll need the program called osd_cat, provided by osd
  • you'll need to use ssh with the -X option
  • if you run programs inside screen, you still won't know the the right DISPLAY number, so do a trick: add

    [ -n "$DISPLAY" ] && echo $DISPLAY > ~/.display

    to you ~/.bash_login

  • now you're ready to use osd_cat:

    $ echo -e 'foo'|DISPLAY=cat ~/.display osd_cat --color=blue --age=4 --font=-*-helvetica-medium-r-*-*-*-320-*-*-*-*-*-* --offset=100 --align=right --indent=100

as an example, irssi has to use osd_cat for highlight notifications :)

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