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bgnotify zsh plugin

cross-platform background notifications for long running commands! Supports OSX and Ubuntu linux.

Standalone homepage: t413/zsh-background-notify

How to use!

Just add bgnotify to your plugins list in your .zshrc

  • On OS X you'll need terminal-notifer
    • brew install terminal-notifier (or gem install terminal-notifier)
  • On ubuntu you're already all set!
  • On windows you can use notifu or the Cygwin Ports libnotify package



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One can configure a few things:

  • bgnotify_threshold sets the notification threshold time (default 6 seconds)
  • function bgnotify_formatted lets you change the notification

Use these by adding a function definition before the your call to source. Example:

bgnotify_threshold=4  ## set your own notification threshold

function bgnotify_formatted {
  ## $1=exit_status, $2=command, $3=elapsed_time
  [ $1 -eq 0 ] && title="Holy Smokes Batman!" || title="Holy Graf Zeppelin!"
  bgnotify "$title -- after $3 s" "$2";

plugins=(git bgnotify)  ## add to plugins list
source $ZSH/  ## existing source call