XMPP notification for irssi running in a screen on a remote host

Like a lot of people I have my irssi on a server in a screen. This has
been working great so far but my only concerns are the notifications
on the desktop when something happening.

Over the time I have found some different solution with mitigated
results for me :

– Use fanotify script with the libnotify-bin and SSH like mentioned here.

– Setup your irssi (or other) as irc proxy bouncer and connect with
your desktop client (like xchat) to get notification.

The fanotify is kind of very hacky on a laptop with intermittent
connection and having a cron doing a ssh every minutes or so is not
ideal, not talking about no passphrase ssh key or having to snoop the
SSH_AGENT variable to connect without password.

The via proxy method is not my thing and I don’t feel like having
xchat open all the time just for it and I anyway usually forget to
launch it.

My solution is to have a plugin for irssi notify me via XMPP if there
is a direct message addressed to me. I usually get my pidgin or gmail
alway open and if i don’t since it goes to a gmail account I got gmail
sending me an email about it.

You can find all the information about the install and configuration
here :


Looking for a flat to rent in Paris?

The Living Room

The Living Room

I have a Friend renting a nice flat  in the center of Paris for short and middle term since I have a lot of friends/colleagues asking me about the best and the cheapest place  to stay in Paris I thought to reference her ads here :


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Check the website here for more information :


Netapp sue Sun

This is fun, theses two CEO of theses big companies are dog fighting each others :

Dave post:


Johanthan answer:


but the real (fake) truth about that post is here :


I tend to believe more NetAPP in this case, just because i don’t know how many time i have sweared on that bloody ps -aux that does not work on solaris.

chmouel.com is moved.

I have finally changed chmouel.com over a new provider. The new
provider is called WebHost and i got a VPS with 50GB of
bandwith and 2GB of storage for 10US$ a month.

My first task was to compile python2.4 on that box which look like
it’s based on RH7.3 with heavy customization. Hopefully python really can compile everywhere.

I would like to thanks Vincent Danen for all his free hosting
during all theses years. He has been answering me every
questions i had and provided me a nice hosting for all theses years i was in travel.
I hope to pass by Alberta one day and invite him for the couples
of hundred beers that i own him now.

So now that i have a private server what can i do with that ? not too
much since webdev is not my hobbies (i have to do that at work and i
find it a pain in the a***), but well it’s cool to have a ssh
from everywhere in the world.


On X86_64 VM Emulation works way better with Xen 3.0 than with Vmware. Xen is pretty awesome compared to Vmware for my use. The only thing i have to figure out is how to get rpmstrap get it workin on Debian base system.