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;;; erc-alert --- Alert me using alert.el for important ERC messages
;; Copyright (C) 2011 John Wiegley
;; Author: John Wiegley <>
;; Created: 20 Sep 2011
;; Version: 1.0
;; Keywords: erc alert irc
;; X-URL:
;; This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
;; modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
;; published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at
;; your option) any later version.
;; This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
;; WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
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;;; Commentary:
;; Notify me using alert.el when people talk to me in ERC.
(require 'erc)
(require 'alert)
(defgroup erc-alert nil
"Alert me using alert.el for important ERC messages"
:group 'erc)
(defcustom erc-priority-people-regexp ".*"
"Regexp that matches BitlBee users you want active notification for."
:type 'regexp
:group 'erc-alert)
(defcustom erc-growl-noise-regexp
(concat "\\(Logging in:\\|Signing off\\|You're now away"
"\\|Welcome back\\|Setting automatically away\\)")
"This regexp matches unwanted noise."
:type 'regexp
:group 'erc-alert)
(defun erc-alert-important-p (info)
(let ((message (plist-get info :message))
(erc-message (plist-get info :data)))
(and erc-message
(not (or (string-match "^\\** *Users on #" message)
(string-match erc-growl-noise-regexp
(defun my-erc-hook (&optional match-type nick message)
"Shows a growl notification, when user's nick was mentioned.
If the buffer is currently not visible, makes it sticky."
(if (or (null match-type) (not (eq match-type 'fool)))
(let (alert-log-messages)
(alert (or message (buffer-string)) :severity 'high
:title (concat "ERC: " (or nick (buffer-name)))
:data message))))
(add-hook 'erc-text-matched-hook 'my-erc-hook)
(add-hook 'erc-insert-modify-hook 'my-erc-hook)
(defun my-erc-define-alerts (&rest ignore)
;; Unless the user has recently typed in the ERC buffer, highlight the fringe
:status '(buried visible idle)
:severity '(moderate high urgent)
:mode 'erc-mode
#'(lambda (info)
(and (not (eq (current-buffer) (plist-get info :buffer)))
(or (string-match "johnw:" (plist-get info :message))
(string-match (concat "\\`[^&]" erc-priority-people-regexp
#'(lambda (info)
;; If the buffer is buried, or the user has been idle for
;; `alert-reveal-idle-time' seconds, make this alert
;; persistent. Normally, alerts become persistent after
;; `alert-persist-idle-time' seconds.
(memq (plist-get info :status) '(buried idle)))
:style 'fringe
:continue t)
;; If the ERC buffer is not visible, tell the user through Growl
:status 'buried
:mode 'erc-mode
:predicate #'erc-alert-important-p
:style (if (file-executable-p alert-notifier-command)
:append t)
:status 'buried
:mode 'erc-mode
:predicate #'erc-alert-important-p
:style 'message
:append t)
:mode 'erc-mode
:predicate #'erc-alert-important-p
:style 'log
:append t)
(alert-add-rule :mode 'erc-mode :style 'ignore :append t))
(add-hook 'erc-connect-pre-hook 'my-erc-define-alerts)
(provide 'erc-alert)
;;; erc-alert.el ends here
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