Spotify desktop notifications - Part 1
The Spotify desktop client on Linux which I had installed a long time ago used to emit a desktop notification, whenever a next track would play.
This notification would work for a few tracks then stop displaying for some reason (the debug logs were not helpful to identify the cause).
Another issue is that the deskstop client is closed-source so there was no way to analyse any code.
After checking the Spotify forums for answers.
A lot of people were complaining about this particular problem alas there were no solutions.
So, I decided to check whether anyone on GitHub had run into the same issue.
A solution ?
I came across the following repository - snotify
This person had in fact run into the same problem with notifications.
To analyse what the code was doing I decided to clone the repository.
The code was written in Rust which I was learning (and still learning) at the time so I decided to take a deeper look
It made use of the Linux communications message bus D-Bus
Makes use of existing external Rust libraries
After building the program then running via
Notifications did start to display.
However, only the track name plus the artist were displayed.
I was looking for something which matched what the Spotify client was displaying.
Head over to Part 2 for details on D-Bus and Rust code examples.