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Hello world example

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Introduction

Libnotify is an easy way to display desktop notifications and information in a small dialog. It's used in much opensource apps like Evolution, Pidgin, etc. It has support for Gtk+ and Qt applications and is desktop independent.

Installation and Configuration

pacman -S libnotify

Now to configure libnotify and use libnotify you can use the gnome or xfce4

Gnome

pacman -S notification-daemon

For configuring

pacman -S gconf-editor

then run gconf-editor and select "/apps/notification-daemon/" . There you can configure the notify widget

XFCE

pacman -S xfce4-notifyd
pacman -S xfconf 

For configuration run

xfce4-notifyd-config

Tips & Tricks

You can write your own libnotify display messages easily in Python or other languages. Here is a simple Python example.

Note you will need to install the Python bindings for libnotify

pacman -S python-notify  #(communitiy)

Hello world example

#!/usr/bin/env python
import subprocess
info = "Hello world "
subprocess.call(('notify-send',info))
#!/usr/bin/python
import subprocess
import commands    
#KERNEL VERSION
uname = commands.getoutput('uname -r')
head = "All the info about your system:"
msg = "Your kernel version: "+ uname +"\n"       
# print message
subprocess.call(['notify-send', head, msg])

Or you can just use bash

# send a notification saying hello world
notify-send "hello world"

More Resources

Libnotify python example another libnotify example