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#This script will create a small 10-character scroller on the irssi status bar.
#It is pretty much useless.
#I use it to remind myself about meetings, phonecalls I'm supposed to make etc
#Enjoy to the extent possible.
# -Demonen
#To make it show up in irrsi, do this:
# 1) put in ~/.irssi/scripts
# This is where irssi expects to find scripts
# 2) in irssi, give the command /script load scroller
# Some stuff will appear in your status window.
# 3) in irssi, give the command /statusbar window add -after more -alignment right scroller
# This will enable the scroller element on the status bar.
# 4) in irssi, give the command /set scrollerText <something>
# This will scroll the text <something>
# 5) in irssi, give the command /set scrollerSpeed <something>
# This is the delay in milliseconds before it cycles to the next character.
# I use 200 here, but anything above 10 is just fine.
use Irssi;
use Irssi::TextUI;
use strict;
use vars qw($VERSION %IRSSI);
%IRSSI = (
authors=> 'Demonen',
contact=> '',
name=> 'scroller',
description=> 'Scrolls specified text on the status bar',
sbitems=> 'scroller',
license=> 'Public Domain',
my ($scalarSize, $subset, $start, $end, $timeout, $count, $time, $scalar);
sub scrollerStatusbar() {
my ($item, $get_size_only) = @_;
$item->default_handler($get_size_only, "{sb ".$subset."}", undef, 1);
sub scrollerTimeout() {
if ($count > $scalarSize){
$count = 0;
$start = $count;
$end = 10;
$subset = (substr $scalar, $start, $end);
sub scrollerUpdate() {
$scalar = Irssi::settings_get_str('scrollerText');
$scalar = "- - - ->".$scalar."- - - ->";
print "Scrolling: \" $scalar \"";
$scalarSize = length($scalar) -11;
$count = 0;
if (Irssi::settings_get_int('scrollerSpeed') < 10){
Irssi::settings_set_int('scrollerSpeed', 10);
print "Sorry, minimum delay for timeouts in irssi is 10 ms. Delay set to 10 ms.";
$timeout = Irssi::timeout_add(Irssi::settings_get_int('scrollerSpeed'), 'scrollerTimeout' , undef);
sub scrollerStart() {
Irssi::settings_add_str('misc', 'scrollerText', 'Scrolling text not defined. Use "/set scrollerText <something>" to define it');
Irssi::settings_add_int('misc', 'scrollerSpeed', 200);
$timeout = Irssi::timeout_add(Irssi::settings_get_int('scrollerSpeed'), 'scrollerTimeout' , undef);
Irssi::statusbar_item_register('scroller', '$0', 'scrollerStatusbar');
#Irssi::command_bind scrollthis => \&scrollthis;
Irssi::signal_add('setup changed', 'scrollerUpdate');
print "Use \"/set scrollerText <something>\" to scroll <something>";
print "Use \"/set scrollerSpeed <int>\" to set the delay in milliseconds";