How to do things
AI Noob vs. Pro
Free Open Source:
a command line
free external tools,
- download the free Swiss File Knife Base from Sourceforge. - open the Windows CMD command line, Mac OS X Terminal or Linux shell. - OS X : type mv sfk-mac-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk - Linux: type mv sfk-linux-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk OS X and Linux syntax may differ, check the help within the tool.
sfk status target[:port] "status text" send a status to the SFKTray GUI tool for display. this allows to run long scripts in background, like - a script that produces several output packages - a script that checks test devices if they're up - a compile making binaries for 5 architectures and to see their current state just by small lights in the Windows system tray. a typical use is: - show a yellow blinking light: a task is ongoing - show a green light: task completed successfully - show a red light: task failed download SFKTray Free Edition now, which can display four independent lights, by: sfk gettray the lights are changed by the sfk status command. the status is sent by UDP to the given target host, or to "local" for your own machine. statustext fields v1 optional protocol version slot=n target slot number 1-9 or pat=s show a pattern, with s like: up show an up arrow down show a down arrow left show a left arrow right show a right arrow all highlight all slots requires SFKTray V1.1. looks best with the Pro version (9 lights). color=s set color s as one of: red green blue yellow orange gray black you may also try: white cyan purple black but these have limited use, as they appear similar to other colors in the system tray. with SFKTray Full you may also use: 3- or 6 digit rgb hex value e.g. f00 = red, dddddd = light gray blink=s select 'slow' or 'fast' blink timeout=n time in seconds to display status. if not reconfirmed in that time the slot color changes to gray. timeout=15,orange display status for 15 seconds then change slot color to orange text='s' a text for display. must be surrounded by any delimiter not part of the text, normally single quotes '' layout=n change layout to show 2, 4 or 9 slots. requires SFKTray V1.0.2 or higher. about the target machine - use "local" if SFKTray runs on the same machine - else supply hostname or IP, optionally with :port - default port used by SFKTray is 21343. SFKTray Free cannot use a different port. SFKTray Full can be run with a differen port like sfktray -port=5000 then use: sfk status local:5000 ... - use port id '2nd' or '3rd' for instance 2 or 3 of SFKTray Full (ports 21344 and 21345). limitations SFKTray Free supports 4 slots, i.e. slot=1 to slot=4. Only one instance can be used. SFKTray Full supports 9 status slots per instance, and can run up to 3 instances in parallel (27 lights). It is part of the SFK Plus bundle: http://stahlworks.com/sfkplus command chaining is supported without any chain input or output. please note: if a command behaves unexpected, compare exactly with the examples given below. not every typing error is detected. examples sfk status local "slot=1 color=yellow text='checking service'" tell that a service is currently checked on slot 1 sfk status local "slot=1 color=green timeout=15,orange text='ok'" tell that a service is currently running. the check must be repeated within 15 seconds otherwise the status times out and SFKTray changes the slot color to orange. sfk status local "slot=1 color=red blink=slow text='service offline'" tell about an offline service on localhost slot 1 sfk -var for i from 1 to 9 +status local "slot=#(i) color=gray" +endfor reset all status slots sfk status local "pat=up color=green blink=fast timeout=10" show a blinking up arrow for 10 seconds. requires SFKTray V1.1 and looks best with the Pro version (9 lights layout). sfk status local:3rd "pat=up color=green blink=fast timeout=10" with SFKTray Full: show blinking up arrow in 3rd instance.
sfk is a free open-source tool, running instantly without installation efforts. no DLL's,
no registry changes - just get sfk.exe from the zip package and use it (binaries for
windows, linux and mac are included).
read more about all sfk functions here.