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February 26th, 2011, 10:10 AM
would somebody tell me how to have a notification if a usb inserted using Python?
February 26th, 2011, 11:31 AM
I don't know python (yet) but I suppose you'll do a check in /media/ and when a USB is logged in then print your notification?
What is the answer? How to detect the USB or how to print a notification with python? or both?
February 26th, 2011, 07:42 PM
HAL (HAL through DBUS would have been an easy thing to do) is now deprecated (although, you may want to follow this road if you want to support versions of Ubuntu older than 10.04 [as unnecessary as it may seem]), so you'll have to use udev. Since pyudev is only in the 11.04 repos (http://packages.ubuntu.com/natty/python-pyudev), you'll use the gudev python bindings (http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=udev+python&searchon=names&suite=natty§ion=all).
Your code can be as simple as:
def callback(client, action, device, user_data):
device_vendor = device.get_property("ID_VENDOR_ENC")
device_model = device.get_property("ID_MODEL_ENC")
if action == "add":
n = pynotify.Notification("USB Device Added", "%s %s is now connected "
"to your system" % (device_vendor,
elif action == "remove":
n = pynotify.Notification("USB Device Removed", "%s %s has been "
"disconnected from your system" %
if not pynotify.init("USB Device Notifier"):
sys.exit("Couldn't connect to the notification daemon!")
client = gudev.Client(["usb/usb_device"])
client.connect("uevent", callback, None)
loop = glib.MainLoop()
The documentation for the c version of the lib (:sad:) is here (http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/kernel/hotplug/gudev/).
Info about notify-osd here (http://wiki.ubuntu.com/NotificationDevelopmentGuidelines).
Hope that helps.
February 27th, 2011, 01:09 AM
Thanks kostkon for the info, i really appreciate it I ultimately wants this piece of script to run all the time to detect certain device when inserted, for example: arduino, and when it detects it, another script will run to do operations on the arduino like flashing latest firmware, etc ... My question is that is it safe to have this script run all the time? Do you think this kind of script will be resourceful hog in the long run? Thanks
March 1st, 2011, 05:49 AM
My question is that is it safe to have this script run all the time?
You set the permissions so that the script is read only.
If the script is going to do something specific like flash firmware, make sure that it checks for specific file formats, and does not accept just any file.
Do you think this kind of script will be resourceful hog in the long run? Thanks
You can do a check once a second, and use little to no resources.
March 2nd, 2011, 11:26 AM
My question is that is it safe to have this script run all the time? Do you think this kind of script will be resourceful hog in the long run? Thanks
I don't believe so; it will idle 99% of the time, waiting for usb device events to happen (which aren't frequent anyway).
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