Bug#498929: pidgin-blinklight: Support for blinking keyboard LEDs

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Bug#498929: pidgin-blinklight: Support for blinking keyboard LEDs

Josh Triplett-2
Package: pidgin-blinklight
Version: 0.10-2
Severity: wishlist

I use and recommend pidgin-blinklight; it really helps me notice
messages that I might otherwise miss, particularly in environments
where I can't use pidgin's sound cues.  However, a friend of mine
couldn't use it, because his ThinkPad didn't happen to have the
ThinkLight.  It occurred to me while talking to him that
pidgin-blinklight could support blinking keyboard LEDs instead, which
most systems have.  This should have a similar effect of drawing
attention, particularly on laptops, where the keyboard LEDs often lie
close to the display.

Similarly, pidgin-thinklight could also support other system-specific
LEDs using the Linux LED subsystem, which makes them available via
/sys/devices/platform/$DRIVER/leds/$LED .  For instance, the acer-wmi
driver provides access to a mail LED.

- Josh Triplett

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages pidgin-blinklight depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.7-13     GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  pidgin                        2.4.3-2    graphical multi-protocol instant m

pidgin-blinklight recommends no packages.

pidgin-blinklight suggests no packages.

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Bug#498929: pidgin-blinklight: Support for blinking keyboard LEDs

Joachim Breitner
Hi,

Am Sonntag, den 14.09.2008, 10:11 -0700 schrieb Josh Triplett:

> Package: pidgin-blinklight
> Version: 0.10-2
> Severity: wishlist
>
> I use and recommend pidgin-blinklight; it really helps me notice
> messages that I might otherwise miss, particularly in environments
> where I can't use pidgin's sound cues.  However, a friend of mine
> couldn't use it, because his ThinkPad didn't happen to have the
> ThinkLight.  It occurred to me while talking to him that
> pidgin-blinklight could support blinking keyboard LEDs instead, which
> most systems have.  This should have a similar effect of drawing
> attention, particularly on laptops, where the keyboard LEDs often lie
> close to the display.
>
> Similarly, pidgin-thinklight could also support other system-specific
> LEDs using the Linux LED subsystem, which makes them available via
> /sys/devices/platform/$DRIVER/leds/$LED .  For instance, the acer-wmi
> driver provides access to a mail LED.
thanks for your mail. A fallback to the keyboard LED (which one? At
least my thinkpad does not have a scroll lock LED any more, so only
numlock and capslock are safe choices) would be ok, given that when
looking for other interfaces first does work well – which it seems to do
nicely so far.

For the general LED interface: Can we be sure that any entry
in /sys/devices/platform/$DRIVER/leds is a sensible choice? If not, I’d
rather wait for people to report me the file they want to use, and then
add them on a one-by-one-basis.

In any case, I’m inviting you (or anyone else) to send me patches for
the functionality you want to add and maintain. I’m always very hesitant
to write and maintain code that I do not use myself, or that I can not
even test (as my machine does not have any LED interface). The latter
will change once the ibm-acpi driver supports this interface.

Greetings,
Joachim

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