lilitux-tux-bricoleurAfter completing my script to deliver Irssi notifications to the Linux desktop using Perl (IPC::Message::Minivan and Desktop::Notify), I wondered if this framework could be extended to Windows (since I have a Windows desktop at work).

I have previously looked at Growl (on Linux) and think it is cumbersome to get the notifications across the network – but ended up using it anyway since it’s an easy way to display notifications in Windows (and probably in MacOS as well). There is a another Growl script for Irssi but I wanted to make my own that plugs into Minivan because I wanted the pop ups to look the same on all computers (at least the wording).

On Windows

  1. Download Growl for Windows and install it.
  2. Download MyEnTunnel and install it.
  3. If you haven’t already (which I am guessing you have) then download Putty SSH client and install it
  4. Configure MyEnTunnel to match your configuration, create a remote tunnel: <random port number>:localhost:23053 - The random port is important and will be used later

On the server running Irssi

  1. Install the Minivan – See this article

  2. Install Growl::GNTP

    $ sudo apt-get install libcrypt-cbc-perl libdata-uuid-perl
    $ sudo perl -MCPAN -e 'Growl::GNTP'
  3. Install the script to ~/bin/

  4. Make the script executable and run it as <port number>
    The port number is the one you chose on the Windows machine for your remote tunnel You need to run an instance of the script for each Growl-client.