[SOLVED] Any way to show when an email has been received via command line...
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Any way to show when an email has been received via command line...
I am running Slackware 13.37. I use mainly mutt to check my mail. I am using Maildir format. Is there a way to where each time I hit enter on the command line it checks to see if I have any mail and if I do to display I have mail? Sort of like biff but I think biff only works for mbox.
The problem depends on where the mail is, not the file format.
If you use a remote server to retrieve your mail from (most people do), then whatever method you want has to actually download any mail messages (or ask the server how many)... And that will require whatever method the server requires to login. This is slow.
If it is local mail (as in /var/mail/<username>) then it is simple - just look at the file, if the size is bigger than the last check, you have new mail. If it is smaller, mail has been read - and use the new size. This is what the bash shell does for checking.
See the manpage on bash - it handles maildir format as well as mbox files.
Not sure about Bash, but Zsh knows the precmd (executed anytime before a prompt is printed) and preexec (executed anytime before the commandline is executed) functions, which could easily be used for your purpose. Of course it would be easier to run Mutt all the time in a different terminal/VT and check periodically for new mail manually.