KDE Telepathy ThinkLight Plugin

Do you own a ThinkPad? Good! Does it have the ThinkLight? Good! Then this post might interest you!

I just wrote a KDE Telepathy plugin that blinks the ThinkLight when you get an incoming message. Sounds almost useless, isn’t? Maybe not.

I found a good use case for it: sometime you could be away from keyboard, but near your ThinkPad (e.g. studying), the screen goes black, sounds are off, but you see the ThinkLight blinking - you got a message!

To enable it you just have to fetch the source code, build and install as usual with CMake.

There’s just an annoyance at the moment: you need write permission over /proc/acpi/ibm/light. I’m looking for a solution for this, but found nothing if not changing that file permissions manually. Any idea?

There’s also a tool, thinkalert (mirror), which allows to turn on/off the ThinkLight without being root by using suid. If you prefer this way, you can fetch the code from the thinkalert branch instead.

Have fun!


By Andrea Scarpino on 2015-09-12