I don’t like to be late at meetings, and I relied heavily on my coworkers to warn me about a meeting starting.

Now, I’m working in a fully remote company, and I can’t rely on my coworkers, because they can only message me, and I don’t look at slack/emails all day.

So I came up with 1 little script (and 2 systemd units) to automatically launch my meeting 1-2 minutes before it actually starts.

The script relies on gcalcli:

  • it checks the next meeting I accepted
  • it retrieves the Google Meet URL
  • it launches a new Google Chrome windows.
#!/bin/bash
set -eufo pipefail

EMAIL_ADDRESS='your@email.com'
BACKUP_FILE=.previous-meetup
touch "${BACKUP_FILE}"
PREVIOUS_MEETUP=$(cat "${BACKUP_FILE}")

NEW_MEETUP=$(gcalcli --calendar="${EMAIL_ADDRESS}" agenda --details url --tsv --nodeclined "$(date --date="+1 minutes" +"%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M")" "$(date --date="+3 minutes" +"%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M")" | cut -d$'\t' -f6)

if [ "$NEW_MEETUP" != "$PREVIOUS_MEETUP" ]; then
  if [ "$NEW_MEETUP" != "" ]; then
    export DISPLAY=:0
    nohup google-chrome --new-window "${NEW_MEETUP}" &
  fi
fi

echo "${NEW_MEETUP}" > "${BACKUP_FILE}"

The next step is to have one systemd user service:

[Unit]
Description=Auto launch google-meet
PartOf=graphical.target

[Service]
Type=forking
ExecStart=

[Install]
WantedBy=timers.target

and a systemd timer:

[Timer]
OnUnitActiveSec=1min
Unit=auto-google-meet.service

[Install]
WantedBy=timers.target

and voilà! you’ll never miss a google meet now.