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The Commands can be renamed (it is recommended for maximum safety) to ones preferences.  
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====Prefixing Commands====

Revision as of 09:53, 13 June 2011

The SMSCON Editor is a user interface to the configuration of the SMSCON application. Further, it can assist in verifying its correct operation and configuration.

It has been created using the PyQT libraries and the functionality is provided by Python.

With its assistance the user is able to edit from a GUI all the options and name the secret pass-phrases of the commands used for controlling the device by the SMSCON. All settings are stored at its configuration file, i.e. the /opt/smscon/smscon_config file.

In addition, it provides an interface to initialise (i.e. init, start, stop, reset and set/remove from the device's boot sequence) the smscon_daemon.



The application can be installed directly by the Application Manager (HAM) and the Extras repositories. (Check here for its status)

You can also find the latest version in the garage project page.


The editor depends to the following packages:

  • smscon
  • python2.5
  • python2.5-qt4-gui
  • python2.5-qt4-core
  • python2.5-qt4-maemo5


When it starts it loads the current configuration file so that the options already configured to be shown in the appropriate sections of the GUI.

FIXME: add explanations

Start up

A banner will popup showing the correct startup, i.e. the smscon_config file is correct and that it has been successfully loaded by the editor.

(Since version 0.6) a password dialog will open and request the application password (NOTE: the default password is 12345)

General configuration tab

Disable All SMS Replies

Choice can be made to disable all SMS replies. In this case, the relevant options will be hidden, i.e. not selectable.

Send GPS Coordinates Replies

Choice can be made where the replies with the GPS coordinates should be send. It can be either one of:

  • SMS
  • Email
  • Both

Email configuration tab

Reverse SSH configuration tab

NOTE: Leaving empty the username and password fields will disable the reverse SSH functionality.

Commands renaming first tab

The Commands can be renamed (it is recommended for maximum safety) to ones preferences.

Prefixing Commands

The "Prefix" functionality can be useful in the cases where it is desired all the default names to be prefixed with a common string.

Note: The new names (as all other changes) are stored only after the button "Update Settings" is pressed. In addition, the same operation has to be repeated for the second tab of commands renames.

Program Initialisation tab

Invoke program test commands tab


  • After each test is executed the daemon is stopped and previous configuration is restored.
  • Before exiting the application press the "Tests Done" button to start the daemon again.

Drop down menu


The about window provides also buttons to connect in the wiki pages for both parts of the application and read the latest documentation.

Change Password

Menu for changing the password for opening the Editor application.


There are several popups triggered on actions and updates that inform the user on the current state of the operation.

FIXME: add more popups and explanations.


0.7-4 (current)

  • Addition of more test options.
  • Modification of the Tests tab to be a scrollable list.
  • Added a button to restart the daemon when tests complete.
  • Password to open the editor will persist updates.
  • Removed autocapitalisation of first character in several entry fields.
  • Aligned Left all entry fields in the Email and SSH tabs.

Known issues

  • options for disabling SMS replies are not displaying correctly.


  • Addition of five new commands and one new option in the UI and code (support for SMSCON ver. > 0.7)
  • Addition of scrollable list for the commands editing. All the commands now can be edited from one tab.
  • Improvement in the UI to hide SMS reply options when replies are disabled.
  • Improvement in the change password window.
  • Simplification and cleanup in many parts of the code.
  • New About page with auto rotation.
  • Correction for stackable windows.


  • Correction in copying config file for safe editing.
  • Added creation of temp config file on first use.


  • Added password protection for opening the GUI (default password = 12345).
  • Added two new dialog windows (to enter and change the password respectively).
  • Added new initialisation command to delete the application stored IMSI number.
  • Added new initialisation command to delete the configuration stored.
  • New sudoers file to include two scripts for handling operations that need root privileges.
  • Removed indirect dependency to rootsh package (i.e. use of root).
  • Changed password fields in email and ssh settings to be hidden.
  • Changed privileges for supporting files to be more restrictive.


  • Added new code to read and encrypt the sensitive config file parameters (Contribution by Frank Visser).
  • Restructure and heavy cleanup of the code.
  • Some small main GUI corrections and beautifications.
  • Package smscon has been added in the dependencies.
  • Changed the sequence for updating the config file to give better information to the user.
  • Updated several messages to be more descriptive.


  • Added prefix of a common string to all commands.


  • Added support for new option to send GPS coordinates to both email and sms.
  • Increased the size of the username fields - useful with gmail and such.
  • Removed smscon from the dependencies (to allow promotion in extras)


  • Added tests for receiving GPS coordinates commands
  • Added tests for phonecall and sms commands
  • Added information and warning boxes
  • Many visibility enhancement changes
  • Updated icon to be transparent.
  • Added icon for the application manager.
  • Made MailFrom = MailAddress as a temp solution until dedicated space is made for this field in the GUI.
  • Added the About and Credits dialogs.
  • Added smscon in the dependencies.


  • Changes in the postinst script to correct it's execution and privileges
  • Added checks on the configuration file existence and to provide messages to the user when missing or corrupted.


Warning: This version (and above) will work only with SMSCON version equal or higher than 0.4.4

  • Addition of a new tickbox to provide "Reply On Keybord Open" settings option.
  • Update of code reading the config file to include spaces in commands (provided by digitalvoid).
  • Corrected canvas of the main window to fit better the N900 screen size.
  • Increased the width of commands line enter.
  • Corrected the .desktop file to point in the correct iconset
  • Added explicit permissions in the postinst script for the gui elements file.


  • added block on starting the UI as root (it should only be started as user)
  • the editor will quit after calling the init or reset commands (after informing user).
  • added slightly modified icons.
  • added settings and permissions in sudoers file.
  • cleanup of postinst instructions
  • cleanup of commented out code.


  • The Editor will trigger a reload of the new configuration after every update of the config file.
  • Temporarily the MailFrom field in the email settings will be filled by the MailAddress (in the future will get its own element in the GUI).
  • Renamed buttons in the UI from Create Settings to Update Settings.

NOTE: For older versions please see the changelogs in the project's garage page

Future Development

  • add mailfrom field.
  • do not overwrite the password if it is already defined.
  • add more test commands.
  • add option to hide the desktop entry.
  • protect the installation.


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; version 2 only.


This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.