As I've said before, I'm constantly working in the shell and have found many ways to improve my flow since I began working this way. I also like to keep in contact on IRC to give out help on Ruby, JS or Rails (and constantly learn in the process), chat with friends, or discuss open-source projects. I use irssi to connect to Freenode, a shell client, and I wondered if it would be possible to get Notifications Center to listen in on my chats and let me know when I get new messages. Thanks to alloy's powerful terminal-notifier, I can!
Like I said, I run irssi through my own VPS which is running an irssi-proxy to keep me connected all the time. This way, connections to chat are speedy and efficient, and people can contact me whenever they want...I'll see it when I get online. I've also begun to wrestle with a project called [bitlbee][bitl] that connects to XMPP chats, so I can talk with my co-workers with my IRC client...but I haven't been able to get that up and running...maybe soon...
Anyway, this post is about getting Mac OS Notifications for your irssi mentions and private messages.
- trigger.pl, an irssi script
- Mac OS X 10.7 or greater
- The Homebrew package manager, or you can opt to compile irssi/TN from source.
First, install the necessary packages with Homebrew:
$ brew install irssi terminal-notifier
Make sure your scripts directory is in place:
$ mkdir -p ~/.irssi/scripts/autorun
Then, install the
trigger.pl script to your irssi config directory.
$ curl 'http://scripts.irssi.org/scripts/trigger.pl' -o ~/.irssi/scripts/autorun/trigger.pl
Now you can open up irssi and type
/LOAD trigger to enable triggers!
The triggers I used for building this feature are below. Just change the
to your nick instead of 'tubbo' to get it working right:
-privmsgs -command 'exec /usr/local/bin/terminal-notifier -message "$\M" -title "$\N"' -publics -regexp 'tubbo' -command 'exec /usr/local/bin/terminal-notifier -message "$\M" -title "$\N ($\C)"'
You should be able to just paste those lines into
file you create), then run
/TRIGGER LOAD from irssi to get the
And that should do it! Get one of your friends to
/msg you or say your
name in a channel!
one small caveat
Currently, all spaces are escaped in the notification. Makes it a bit harder to read, but it still works. If anyone out there knows of a great solution, hit me up on Twitter (@tubbo) and let me know about it!