modem lights??

Erik Harrison erikharrison at
Thu May 12 03:32:17 CEST 2005

On 5/11/05, Andreas J. Guelzow <aguelzow at> wrote:
> Hi,
> SInce I am somewhat unhappy with Gnome I am trying out Xfce and am quite
> pleased with what I am seeing. Unfortunately I appear to fail to find a
> panel applet akin to Gnome's modem light (ie. an applet that when
> clicked calls pon or poff depending on an ppp connection being active or
> not.)
> Am I missing something?

Not at all. Simply hasn't been written. Seems like it'd be very easy
to write, if you wanted to take the time. You could looks to the
current mailcheck plugin as a base - it currently moniters a system
status, and calls an arbitrary program when clicked, which is the
basic functionality you want, just not for email.

Another, easier but suckier, possibility: Use the genmon program and a
launcher, side by side in the panel. The launcher would be keyed to a
script that manually checked the PPP interface status, and called pon
or poff depending. The genmon plugin run a script that checked the PPP
interface status ever second or so, so the status would appear in the

Good luck

> Thanks
> Andreas
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