Audible warning when a downloading is finished

while [ "$(ls $filePart)" != "" ]; do sleep 5; done; mpg123 /home/.../warning.mp3
This command can be set as an alias in ~/.bashrc For example (in my case) I have : alias watchDl='while [ "$(ls $filePart)" != "" ]; do sleep 5; done; mpg123 /home/.../warning.mp3" ' Then I just need to - initialize filePart (e.g. filePart="*bigFile*rar.part") - launch watchDl

2009-12-06 10:55:09

What Others Think

Why not just make it a function in your .bashrc like this: watchDL(){ (while [[ $(ls "$1") ]]; do sleep 5; done && mpg123 /home/.../warning.mp3) & } That way, you can specify the file when you call it (like "watchDL file.part"). This also runs in a subshell, so it doesn't take over your shell while you download is running.
eightmillion · 619 weeks ago
My last suggestion has some problems, but this seems to work correctly: watchDL(){ ((while [[ $(ls "$1" 2>/dev/null) ]];do sleep 5;done && mplayer /home/.../warning.mp3 &>/dev/null)&);} I had to substitute mplayer for mpg123.
eightmillion · 619 weeks ago
Ok, you're right... it's a better solution!
mrttlemonde · 619 weeks ago
Thanks for submitting it. It's a great idea.
eightmillion · 619 weeks ago
Or while [ "$(ls $filePart)" != "" ]; do sleep 5; done; echo "Download has finished" | espeak using espeak
matthewbauer · 619 weeks ago
I've been doing some more tweaking on this. I may have gone a bit overboard. This version also pops up a notification announcing that the download is completed and tells how long it took: watchDL(){ echo "Watching $1...";((while [ -e "$1" ];do sleep 1;((t++));done&&notify-send -i ktorrent "watchDL" "Download of ${1%.part} completed Time: $((t/60)):$([ $(expr length $((t%60))) -lt 2 ]&&echo 0)$((t%60))"&&mplayer /home/.../warning.mp3 &>/dev/null)&);} I'm using notify-send which is a part of libnotify and the icon used for the notification is the ktorrent icon, but that can be changed to whatever anyone wants.
eightmillion · 619 weeks ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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