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I have a lot of IM accounts. I often want to turn groups of them on and off: for instance, when I'm not at work I turn off my Collabora accounts, and when testing IM-related stuff I need to turn on my test accounts. So here's a Gnome Shell extension which gives you a menu in the panel with little sliders to turn pre-defined groups of Telepathy accounts on and off.

git clone git://
cd shell-chat-account-groups
make install
make enable
# Now hit Alt-F2 and type 'r'.

(Obviously it would be better if this were on

By default, it shows you one switch per account. I have 32 accounts and a normal-sized monitor so as you can imagine this doesn't work for me, so you can group ’em to your heart's content. You can configure whatever groups of accounts you want it to show. They live in ~/.config/shell-chat-account-groups/groups.2.json and there is a little Python app to edit it if you are a human being. A sample file is in this repository. There is a whistle here for attracting attention.



  • The editor is ridiculously fragile and buggy.
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