Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I often run a Linux guest on a Windows host, to let me use the Bash command line (through SSH and port forwarding). When I am on a full Ubuntu environment I like to use something such as notify-send to let me know when a task is finished:

./runlongtask.sh && notify-send "long task finished"

Is there any way to have similar functionality such that I can do that from inside Putty (which has SSHd to the guest Linux instance) and the notification appears on the Windows desktop even if I am in another program?

From my Mac days I am aware of Growl and the fact that it had a network protocol - did this actually get anywhere, or is there a newer cross-platform solution that would let me send an alert from an SSH session on one machine to a Desktop on another?

(I don't want to use X11 for this)

share|improve this question
    
"I don't want to use X11 for this" - Can I ask why? –  grawity Feb 29 '12 at 16:33
    
@grawity Isn't X11 a pretty heavyweight requirement for displaying a notification on Windows? –  Daniel Beck Feb 29 '12 at 16:44
    
@Grawity Because the guest OS doesn't have the X11 bits and pieces installed on it and I'd rather not add it just to tell me when a script has finished. –  Rich Mar 1 '12 at 6:54

2 Answers 2

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Growl exists on Windows, too.

To send notifications from Linux, install gntp-send, or hack something together using one of many GNTP modules.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks - sadly getting gntp-send to actually build is proving impossible (if I follow the instructions to the letter, the makefile doesn't exist; if I use the autogen script, then it fails with the wrong version of autoconf - it needs 2.65 and Centos 6.2 only has 2.63) - thanks anyway :) –  Rich Mar 1 '12 at 8:02
    
@Rich: See if you can get any of those Perl modules installed from CPAN, and I might write a short notifier script. –  grawity Mar 1 '12 at 8:26
    
I've tried but not got anywhere - I have no knowledge of PERL and CPAN, but I am a Java programmer - your mentioning of the gntp protocol made me look for a Java library, so I'm going to use one of those. Thanks again for your proactive support! –  Rich Mar 2 '12 at 7:51

If you are having trouble building gntp-send due to autoconf issues it might be easier to just build a copy of my fork since it doesn't depend on autoconf. I'm not sure what features mattn has added but for basic usage it should be sufficient.

https://github.com/psinnott/gntp-send

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.