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[Locked] Cairo and Skype: no problem
jesuisbenjamin English 11 matttbe [Read]
05 March 2012 à 03:15

jesuisbenjamin, Tuesday 02 November 2010 à 22:02


Subscription date : 28 October 2009
Messages : 415
You like to use Cairo-Dock on Linux, you like it so much that you removed the entire Gnome-panel out of your sight.
But you're using Skype, and nothing irritates you more than this launcher that creates a new instance of Skype each time.
Don't bother seeking your instance in the Systray, here is a solution:

(disclaimer: perhaps i am lagging, the solution exists for more that a year and a half from the moment i am writing this post, but as i didn't see any solution on this forum, i thought it'd be a good idea to share.)

You can install a script called "skype-single-instance", which you can download from here http://forum.skype.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=45021.
Just download this script, extract it, and move it to /usr/local/bin/

Then you can change your launcher command-line to
skype-single-instance


More info on http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=332401 and thanks to Jackwizard!

Also more plugins and scripts for Skype on http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=98654

Enjoy

fabounet, Thursday 04 November 2010 à 11:34


Subscription date : 30 November 2007
Messages : 17118
good trick
would you mind adding it to the wiki ?

jesuisbenjamin, Thursday 04 November 2010 à 12:35


Subscription date : 28 October 2009
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I put this on my to-do list.
Also (when i find the time -- because right now i am really postponing my study in for Cairo-Dock ) i'll see to making an applet that creates launchers for applications that go to the systray (eg. Gwget).

PS: Perhaps you could host this script in case it is removed some time in the future.

jesuisbenjamin, Thursday 04 November 2010 à 12:56


Subscription date : 28 October 2009
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Added to Wiki: http://www.glx-dock.org/ww_page.php?p=Recurrents%20problems&lang=en

fabounet, Thursday 04 November 2010 à 16:34


Subscription date : 30 November 2007
Messages : 17118
thx !

jesuisbenjamin, Wednesday 25 January 2012 à 18:41


Subscription date : 28 October 2009
Messages : 415
Hi there,

the skype-single-instance script has been removed from the forum.
Does any one of you have a copy of it? I just upgraded to Xubuntu 11.10 and lost it

jesuisbenjamin, Wednesday 25 January 2012 à 19:02


Subscription date : 28 October 2009
Messages : 415
Oh I found it:


#!/usr/bin/env python
import dbus
import sys
import os

try:
    
# Try and set skype window to normal
    
remote_bus dbus.SessionBus()
    
out_connection remote_bus.get_object('com.Skype.API''/com/Skype')
    
out_connection.Invoke('NAME single-instance')
    
out_connection.Invoke('PROTOCOL 5')
    
#out_connection.Invoke('SET WINDOWSTATE MAXIMIZED')
    
out_connection.Invoke('SET WINDOWSTATE NORMAL')
    
out_connection.Invoke('FOCUS')
except:
    
os.system("skype")
    
sys.exit()


fabounet, Friday 27 January 2012 à 12:59


Subscription date : 30 November 2007
Messages : 17118
thanks !
by the way, their Dbus API seems quite rich ... wouldn't it be possible to make an applet from it ? (like maybe the Pidgin applet).

jesuisbenjamin, Friday 27 January 2012 à 13:15


Subscription date : 28 October 2009
Messages : 415
I haven't looked at it. Also I got a bit frustrated with the Stack Exchange stuff because it forces you to log using embedded web browsers--while I wanted to make something a discrete. So for now I'm going to play around with Gnome Shell and see if I can hack in to make some extensions.

fabounet, Tuesday 31 January 2012 à 14:02


Subscription date : 30 November 2007
Messages : 17118
ok, it would be interesting to have some comparison on making applets for both systems

Guest, Sunday 04 March 2012 à 04:29

for me it doesn't work, i've tried to run in terminal to see what's happening and I've got this:

xxxxxx@xxxxxx-ABCD1234:/usr/local/bin$ ./skype-single-instance
File "./skype-single-instance", line 8
remote_bus = dbus.SessionBus()
^
IndentationError: expected an indented block

any idea??

I'm in ubuntu 11.10

matttbe, Monday 05 March 2012 à 03:15


Subscription date : 24 January 2009
Messages : 12573
Indent was missing. Simply try with that:
#!/usr/bin/env python
import dbus
import sys
import os

try:
    
# Try and set skype window to normal
    
remote_bus dbus.SessionBus()
    
out_connection remote_bus.get_object('com.Skype.API''/com/Skype')
    
out_connection.Invoke('NAME single-instance')
    
out_connection.Invoke('PROTOCOL 5')
    
#out_connection.Invoke('SET WINDOWSTATE MAXIMIZED')
    
out_connection.Invoke('SET WINDOWSTATE NORMAL')
    
out_connection.Invoke('FOCUS')
except:
    
os.system("skype")
    
sys.exit()


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