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Old 08-08-2009, 06:02 AM   #1
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case - exec commands based on time range


I use speech for a lot of notifications, email, time every 30 minutes, system alerts, etc... but there are times when I do not want the speech, because I am on a conference call or have an open mic.

Can you guide me toward the right documentation to read to accomplish this, please?

basically,

if time is NOT between (list of times here) do command is what I need

Thanks,
Scott

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Old 08-08-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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hmm, it just occurred to me that i could have a variable that =on or =off, duh, and check that for my speech actions. It would still be interesting to see what it would look like though, in a script, to execute a command unless it is between a time range, just for the sake of learning something.
 
Old 08-08-2009, 09:31 AM   #3
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What's wrong with turning down the volume by buttons on a multimedia keyboard (if you have one) or by physical volume control on the speakers?

If you want a software solution, your question is not answerable without information about which software you are using to produce the sound.
 
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I need other sounds, just not the speech synthesis. For example, when on a conference call, I often 'broadcast' portions of pre-recorded conversations, but I would not want 600-1000 people to hear my incoming email notifications or my quarterly time announcements.

I have figured out how to disable the speech - I created aliases that either creates an empty file 'speech' or deletes the same file, then in my email filters, time script, etc. I just added a 'if [ -e ~/speech ] then dothis else exit'.

Now I'm just curious how to, if I ever need to, script conditional processing based on time - if it is between 8 PM and 10 PM, for example, then it's ok to process, or how to execute commands only if the time is outside those ranges.

If you're just curious, I use festival with better voices, and I use Cepstral's Swift (cepstral.com) as well, but that's not really needed for the question to be answered.

hope you have a good day,
Scott
 
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Code:
hour="$(date '+%H')" 
case "$hour"
	20 | 21 )
		<commands>
		;;
esac
It could be done with an "if" of course but the case allows you to add further, er, cases when you need
 
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ahh ok, I see now, as usual, I make things more difficult than they need to be. It will be fun to put it to use now. Thanks

Scott
 
  


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