jtniehof edited this page Sep 14, 2010 · 2 revisions

Short version: ./configure; make; make install


Compiling syslog-notify requires a working C compiler and development libraries for libnotify. On a Debian or Ubuntu system, installing the libnotify-dev and gcc packages should be sufficient (e.g. sudo aptitude install libnotify-dev gcc.)

Unpack the tarball (tar -jxvf syslog-notify-0.1.tar.bz2), cd into the created directory, and ./configure. This will check for the necessary libraries. configure takes the usual options for a GNU autotools configure script; see the file INSTALL in the source for details. If configure complains, please ask the mailing list for help.

make will compile the program.


make install will copy the binary syslog-notify to /usr/local/bin/. (You will likely have to be root, so use sudo make install). You can also run the binary where it was built, or copy it elsewhere manually.

syslog-notify needs a FIFO to receive the messages from syslog; create it with sudo mkfifo /var/spool/syslog-notify. Make it world-readable and writeable with sudo chmod ugo+rw /var/spool/syslog-notify


See configuration.


syslog-notify at a prompt will start the program. It will exit when the X session ends.

To run on startup, in GNOME use System, Preferences, Startup Applications. Click “Add”. Put syslog-notify in the name, syslog-notify in command, and click “Add.”