modem lights??

Andreas J. Guelzow aguelzow at
Thu May 12 07:49:14 CEST 2005

On Wed, 2005-11-05 at 15:18 -0700, Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> Andreas J. Guelzow wrote:
> > 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.)
> You could use something like xfce4-trigger-launcher, though I'm not
> sure it's as robust as you need it to be.  If sometihng brings the ppp
> interface up or down outside of the button, it may not show the
> correct state (or take the correct action on a click).  Someone who
> knows the plugin better than I do can probably elaborate...

Thanks Brian,

This should do for the moment. With the script: 


# script to call pon/poff
# for use with xfce4-trigger-launcher
if [ "$1" = "1" ]; then
    pon interbaun &> /dev/null  # replace interbaun with your 
                                # connection name
elif [ "$1" = "0" ]; then
    poff &> /dev/null
    if [ -f /var/lock/LCK..ttyS1 ]; then
        echo 1
        echo 0

the xfce4-trigger-launcher does the main things I need. (It does not
indicate when the connection is really up versus the dialing and
connecting is still in progress, but that is not absolutely necessary.)


Prof. Dr. Andreas J. Guelzow
Dept. of Mathematical & Computing Sciences
Concordia University College of Alberta
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