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SiND -- Simple Notification Daemon

Prints freedesktop notifications to stdout

Keeps a queue of current notifications in a list, and simply prints them out to stdout in the format you describe. It prints the whole list whenever anything is updated, and can keep the list with in a specified number of lines to give an ncurses like feel.

You can also add a special status bar that displays information such as the current number of notifications as well custom text if you have new ones.

SiND is intended to either work as a simple console-based notification center, or be piped into other simple programs like dzen: See ./ for an example.

Currently, SiND is nearly fully freedesktop compliant What it is missing: it does not touch html tags, but passes them through literally. This is intentional: it allows you to filter OR display them in your end-of-pipe process by parsing them in the pipeline.

SiND relies only on libdbus and gcc to build, is small, but easily customizable. Feel free to ask questions or contribute.

Building & Usage


$ make && sudo make install


$ sind [OPTIONS]

Pretty easy!

Options & Configuring

All options are configurable as arguments, as well as specified in a configuration file. In the event that an option appears in both, the argument takes precedence. Configuration follows the familar .ini style, of [key]=[value] pairs, using '#''s as comments. All [key]'s correspond to the long options provided on the command line.

SiND will first look in --conf= for a config file, then try $HOME/.sindrc.

General Options:

  • -h, --help
    • Show this message
  • -c, --conf=
    • Read settings from alternate config file
  • -d, --dzen
    • Will subtract a line from the total number of lines provided by '--lines=', as to keep notifications in the dzen slave window, if you include the status bar (see FORMAT)
  • -l, --lines=
    • Restricts the number of lines to print at a time. If set to $LINES, will give an curses-like output in your terminal.
  • -t, --timeout=
    • Set default notification expiration in milliseconds. Defaults to 5 seconds (5000ms).
  • -u, --update_interval=
    • Set default update interval for fetching pending notifications, and checking the list for expirations, in milliseconds. Lower will make the list seem more responsive, but will eat more CPU. Defaults to 500ms.

Line-Format Options:

  • -f, --format=
    • Using the -f or --format= option, you can control the output of each line with a date-like format string
    • These options refer to line-format sequences below:
  • --app_s=
  • --no_app_s=
  • --body_s=
  • --no_body_s=
    • These are the current line-format sequences:
      • %a
        • the name of the application sending the notification
      • %s
        • the summary of the notification
      • %b
        • the body of the notification
      • %i
        • the id of the notification
      • %A
        • if the notification had an APP field, this cooresponds to --app_s, otherwise --no_app_s
      • %B
        • if the notification had a BODY field, this cooresponds to --body_s, otherwise --no_body_s

Status-Format Options:

  • -s, --status=
    • Using the -f or --status= option, you can make an extra line containing general information about the current notifications either above or below the notification list:
  • --S, --status_top
    • Will move the status bar from the bottom (default) to the top.
    • These options refer to status-format sequences below:
  • --new_s=
  • --no_new_s=
  • --pending_s=
  • --no_pending_s=
    • These are the current status-format sequences:
      • %c
        • The current count of active notifications
      • %N
        • if there was a new notification on this update, this cooresponds to --new_s, otherwise --no_new_s
      • %P
        • if there were pending notification on this update, this cooresponds to --pending_s, otherwise --no_pending_s
    • Note, if --status= is empty or unset, no status bar will be displayed