After 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).
- Download Growl for Windows and install it.
- Download MyEnTunnel and install it.
- If you haven’t already (which I am guessing you have) then download Putty SSH client and install it
- 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
Install the Minivan – See this article
$ sudo apt-get install libcrypt-cbc-perl libdata-uuid-perl $ sudo perl -MCPAN -e 'Growl::GNTP'
Install the script to
Make the script executable and run it as
irssi-notify-growl.pl <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.