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    Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    I know all of most of you use Conky to remind yourself, about your cpu specs
    Anyway here is simple tutorial on getting your Tomboy notes into Conky.

    Tomboy is great for jotting down notes, but I don't like to have it open when I am not using. While Conky is perfect for displaying information in a subtle manner.

    This Tutorial attempts to take advantage of this, using the awesome D-Bus interface.
    This neat tutorial on Arstechnica was of great help.
    http://arstechnica.com/journals/linu...-bus-interface

    Step One Tomboy
    I have a note in Tomboy called "Tasks" where I will note down tasks and important reminders. You can use any note in Tomboy for this tutorial.
    I was able to write a simple python script (my first python script ) to extract this Tomboy note to a text file. In the script you need to set 2 variables, the name of theTomboy note and the file path to the export text file.
    Code:
    #!/usr/bin/env python
    import sys, dbus, gobject, dbus.glib
    
    #Varibale you need to assign values to
    noteName = "Tasks"  #enter the name of your tomboy note
    exportFileName = '/home/myhomefolder/journal/tasks.txt' # the export file
    
    #Read the tomboy note
    bus = dbus.SessionBus()
    obj = bus.get_object("org.gnome.Tomboy", "/org/gnome/Tomboy/RemoteControl")
    tomboy = dbus.Interface(obj, "org.gnome.Tomboy.RemoteControl")
    
    note = tomboy.GetNoteContents(tomboy.FindNote(noteName))
    
    #export the note
    file = open(exportFileName, 'w')
    file.write(note)  # write the file
    file.close() # close it
    You need to cut and past the above code into a file called exportTomboyNote.py in a folder.

    Then you can run the script in a terminal by
    Code:
    python /pathtoFolder/ exportTomboyNote.py
    If you want you can get the script to run every X minutes by editing your cron. I don't want to go into this . This thread deals Cron comprehensively
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=102626

    Step Two Conky
    To get the note in your Conky, edit your config file.
    Code:
    gedit .conkyrc
    Then find the word "TEXT" in it, below it you can add the following line
    Code:
    ${head /pathToexportFile/tasks.txt 30 20}
    Note. 30 is the number of lines from the top of text file. You also need to increase your text buffer if you planning to read many lines by editing the following lines.
    Code:
    # Maximum size of buffer for user text, i.e. below TEXT line.default is 16384 bytes
    max_user_text 32768

    That's it.

    This was tested on the Tomboy & Conky that came with Hardy 8.04

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Wow, didn't realise this got approved.

    Sadly no one found it useful

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    This is great, thanks! Now I'm trying to get todays appointments from evolution calendar / google ical into conky.

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandrake12 View Post
    This is great, thanks! Now I'm trying to get todays appointments from evolution calendar / google ical into conky.
    Thanks

    I will post a Tutorial in getting you calendar items from Google Calendar into Conky using gcalcli (it's in the repos) soon.

    http://code.google.com/p/gcalcli/

    I have submitted the thread I will msg you when it gets approved.
    Last edited by pt123; June 4th, 2008 at 11:45 AM.

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Well, thanks for the tomboy script, but please let me know for the Google Calendar I am more than interested!

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Well, while we are talking about Tomboy in Conky, It will be nice for the scripts to fetch the layout and also the font (bold/underline/etc etc)

    Thanks,

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Wow this is really cool Do you have time to post any screenshots and files?
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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Well, to update the note automatically I placed the following option in my conky:

    ${execi 900 ~/.scripts/exportTomboyNote.py}
    (900 secondes => 15minutes!)

    However, every times it does update, tomboy is lunch, and when already lunch the log file become empty.
    Is there a way, for the script to be fetching the information without lunching tomboy, and to fetch the information, when tomboy is open?

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetthdevil View Post
    Well, while we are talking about Tomboy in Conky, It will be nice for the scripts to fetch the layout and also the font (bold/underline/etc etc)
    Thanks,
    I wanted to be able to do strike through but Conky doesn't seem to be able to handle different changes italics, bold or strike through in fonts.

    Conky can do colour and a complete change in font, so I was planning to do a script will show the finished tasks in a different color

    so in the above code rather calling GetNoteContents you need to call GetNoteContentsXml

    You get an output like this:
    Code:
    <note-content version="0.1">Tasks
    Clean Fridge
    Clear Dust from Computer
    <strikethrough>Clean Bathroom
    Hair cut</strikethrough>
    <strikethrough>
    </strikethrough>
    <bold><size:large>Reoccuring</size:large></bold>
    .

    So you will need to then write a script that will replace <strikethrough> to ${color lightgrey}.

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    Re: Get Tomboy Notes into Conky

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondt View Post
    Wow this is really cool Do you have time to post any screenshots and files?
    Not sure what you mean by files the small changes you need to make to your conky are listed in my first post.

    Attached is a screenshot which has conky listing my tasks.
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