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by Giacomo Lozito
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pyWvDial is a simple and handy frontend for WvDial.
It provides a graphical interface for configuration and execution of WvDial, with a output monitor and a system tray icon, and grants easy access to connection information such as IP address, DNS address and interface used.

pyWvDial is a multi-threaded python program and requires PyGTK 2.12 or higher.

Written and maintained by Giacomo Lozito,
released under the GNU General Public License v2.


pyWvDial-0.5.tar.gz 2008/07/10 md5: 6ab2c0231583c4179f4fb6f9b6bbbe2c
pyWvDial-0.4.tar.gz 2008/06/27 md5: 9f2e6a2d340382b7f03a230a48a78cc3 2008/06/26 md5: 9b78d3f69e09a545952812dd788eec6d 2008/06/16 md5: 1b8067a767d5731dc75aec9aeb010c1f 2008/06/12 md5: d39f0f21bc8b93e8362e8a5fe8537c40


When launched, pyWvDial tries to detect your WvDial configuration. First, it looks for a wvdial binary in /usr/bin/wvdial or /usr/local/bin/wvdial. Then, it looks for your local .wvdialrc file in your home or the system-wide /etc/wvdial.conf if the local file is not found. You can provide custom paths for both the binary and config file (see command-line options).

You can also edit your wvdial config file (the one that was detected) within pywvdial interface, by clicking on the config button. All of the available config options (up to wvdial 1.60) are supported, as well as addition/removal of config sections (dialer profiles), etc. Check wvdial.conf man page for explantion of each configuration option.

If both binary and config file are found, the dial-up button becomes active. You can run WvDial by clicking on it. WvDial messages will be displayed in the details area. Once the connection is started, the dial-up button will change to a shut-down button which can be used to quit WvDial. Once the connection is active, the info panel will display all of the information pyWvDial was able to collect from WvDial output (such as IP address, DNS address, interface used).

pyWvDial provides many command-line options that allows to customize both its look and the way WvDial is launched:

--with-wvdial <path-to-wdial> use provided file as WvDial binary (example: --with-wvdial /opt/bin/wvdial)
--with-config <path-to-config> use provided config file as WvDial config file (example: --with-config /etc/wvdial/wvdial-1.cfg)
--with-params <params> use provided parameters as WvDial command line parameters (useful to specify a certain config file section that should be used); for multiple parameters, enclose them in double quotes (example: --with-params "-n section1 section2")
--auto-dial automatically launch WvDial right after pyWvDial startup
--hide-window hide pyWvDial in system tray on startup
--hide-details hide pyWvDial details area on startup
--version print pyWvDial version and exit
--help print pyWvDial command-line help and exit


pywvdial main window   pywvdial config window


Things I'd like to add if/when a new version is developed:

  • parse config file and present a list of the available config sections
  • change WvDial binary and config file paths at runtime
  • manage multiple connections
  • allow WvDial config files to be created inside pyWvDial via a config dialog (DONE in 0.3)
  • split the file in multiple files and properly distribute them using python distutils (DONE in 0.4)
  • ... suggestions welcome!

-- pyWvDial 0.5 changelog --
  • dynamically update information in info window and display some new information as well (connection time, bytes sent and received)

-- pyWvDial 0.4 changelog --
  • code splitted from single monolithic script to multiple files and properly packaged with python distutils

-- pyWvDial 0.3 changelog --
  • configuration window, config file can be edited directly in pywvdial (with support for multiple dialing section/profiles as well)
  • option to create a new config file if none is found on startup

-- pyWvDial 0.2 changelog --
  • support for the interactive WvDial option 'Ask Password'
  • main window position is now saved on hide-in-tray event

-- pyWvDial 0.1 changelog --
  • first version, with system tray icon support and output monitor