Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· thameera

Using xclock to get notified when a task finishes

xclock is a tool that comes bundled in almost all Linux distributions, but all we use it for is to check whether your $DISPLAY variable is set correctly. (When you configure $DISPLAY and start xclock, an analog clock would pop up in the correct display.)

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This underrated xclock can be quite handy to get notified when a long-running task finishes. For example, I have this gitolite server which uses git pushes to update. A push may take several minutes if the number of repos is huge, so you just can't stare at the terminal till it finishes. What I do is

git push; xclock

and move to another task. A clock will pop up just when the push is completed. This is also useful when you compile an app that takes ages to build.

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Hmmm.... ok. If you use KDE, here's a way to use native Plasma notifications instead:

kdialog --title "Some meaningful title" --passivepopup "Whatever you want the notification to display." 10</pre>
over 1 year ago ·