This is the first thing I do after logging in:
How can I make it happen automatically?
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To make the default Ubuntu IM application Empathy start automatically when you log in, the following instructions are from OMG Ubuntu:
Empathy requires a little bit of a kick to get going on login.
You would be forgiven for thinking that checking the ‘Automatically connect on start-up’ box in Empathy’s preferences pertained to starting on system login. It doesn’t, the start-up in this case refers to Empathy’s start up – not your computer’s.
We can make it start on login by going to System > preferences > startup applications > new item and entering the following information in the relevant fields:
Command: empathy -h
this script will automatically set status to "unavailable" when screen is locked or screensaver is activated, and will bring it back to available (online) when screensaver is closed!
#!/usr/bin/python import os import time import dbus session_bus = dbus.SessionBus() from gi.repository import TelepathyGLib as Tp from gi.repository import GObject loop = GObject.MainLoop() am = Tp.AccountManager.dup() am.prepare_async(None, lambda *args: loop.quit(), None) loop.run() screensaver_started = 0 running = 0 while 1: active = 0 out = "" pid = 0 if screensaver_started == 0: # Don't do anything if the screensaver isn't running s = os.popen("pidof gnome-screensaver") spid = s.read() s.close() if len(spid) > 0: screensaver_started = 1 else: h = os.popen("gnome-screensaver-command -q", "r") out = h.read() active = out.find("inactive") h.close() if active < 0 and running == 0: am.set_all_requested_presences(Tp.ConnectionPresenceType.OFFLINE, 'Offline', "") running = 1 elif active > 0 and running == 1: am.set_all_requested_presences(Tp.ConnectionPresenceType.AVAILABLE, 'available', "") running = 0 time.sleep(3)