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Old 11-28-2006, 04:00 PM   #1
fw12
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Disable commandline new mail notification


When I have a terminal open, linux often notifies me of new system mail. How can I turn this notification off?

Here is the the reason I need to do this...

There's a command I run that streams audio. Once the command is running, it continues to update stats on the commandline.

Whenever I get a system notification of new mail, my audio stream is interrupted, and I have to re-run the command to resume streaming.

So a solution is to disable mail notification, or if there's a better way of dealing with my problem, I'd appreciate knowing it.

BTW, I can't put the streaming command in the background with &

Thx.
 
Old 11-28-2006, 05:02 PM   #2
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If you're shell is bash you should unset the MAILCHECK variable. You could add this line:
Code:
unset MAILCHECK
to your .bashrc file for this purpose.

To verify that this is cause of the notification, first check your shell is indeed bash:
Code:
echo $SHELL
(it should say /bin/bash)
And then just verify the MAILCHECK variable is indeed set:
Code:
echo $MAILCHECK
To read more, open the bash manual page:
Code:
man bash
and search (press /) for MAILCHECK (use uppercase).
 
Old 11-28-2006, 05:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the full response.

Yes,

echo $SHELL

does say /bin/bash
 
  


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