The Device Notifier is a plasmoid that is responsible for handling device events. When new data device is inserted or detected by Solid, it gets added to the Device Notifier menu. Each device has a set of actions the user can perform on the device, depending on the device type and its contents. For example, when the media is an audio CD, the Device Notifier offers you to play that CD using Amarok. The default actions are not a part of Plasma; rather, each one is installed by the application that handles the action, and goes away when the application is removed.
You can add your own actions and modify existing ones using the Device Actions system setting module; however, such changes are limited to the user that requests the change. If you want to install a custom action along with your application, you have to dig a bit deeper.
Anatomy of an action
An Action file is a desktop configuration file similar to the following one:
X-KDE-Solid-Predicate=OpticalDisc.availableContent & 'Audio'
[Desktop Action Play]
Name=Play Audio CD with Amarok
Name[fr]=Jouer CD Audio avec Amarok
- names in other languages
Exec=amarok --cdplay %f
Actions and devices
The Device Notifier gets the devices and their corresponding actions by interrogating its data engine called hotplug. The hotplug data engine gets the set of devices from Solid and the set of actions from the subdirectories ./solid/actions relative to the application settings path in KDE. The set of actions pertaining to each device is then obtained by evaluating the Solid Predicate specified in the action against the physical and logical properties of the device; if the predicate holds, the action is included.
The predicate for each action is specified in the entry X-KDE-Solid-Predicate. The syntax is of the predicate allows to construct an object of class Solid::Predicate out of it.
Atomic predicates can be of the form
- DeviceClass.attribute == value
- DeviceClass.attribute & value
the latter form meaning that the Solid attribute may have a set of values, and the specified value must be a part of that set.
For example, the predicate OpticalDisc.availableContent & 'Audio' means that the device medium is an optical disc and that it contains audio tracks and possibly something else, while the hypothetical predicate OpticalDisc.availableContent == 'Audio' means that a matching device contains audio tracks and nothing else.