X11: XBuffy(last edit: 2000-11-22)
With xbuffy you can watch your mailboxes. It wil display a list of known mailboxes and the
number of new e-mails in it. When you double klick the mailbox a given action can be
executed and when you click your left mouse button down on the mailbox you see a list of new
e-mails. For more info/functionality see 'man xbuffy'
As simple as ever: install it via /usr/ports/mail/xbuffy
The configuration of xbuffy is manly done by the ~/.xbuffyrc file.
This is how my .xbuffyrc file looks like:
command openmailbox mbox
command openmailbox mail/personal
<snip continuation of the above with only different boxes>
You can specify 'no beep' instead of 'beep' if that suites you more.
For further options see the xbuffy man page or the end of this document where a few
command line options are taken from the manual. You can put these options in you
xbuffyrc file instead of on the command line and thus you can specify defferent values
for each option for each mailbox.
This is what the 'openmailbox' file looks like:
if [ $# -ne 1 ]
echo >&2 'openmailbox requires 1 command-line argument'
ATERM='/usr/X11R6/bin/aterm -rv -tr -trsb -sh 20 -cursorColor white -cursorColor2 black -fn fixed'
$ATERM -e /usr/local/bin/pine -i -f "/home/jappe/$1" &
So when you click the mailbox with your third mouse button, pine is started and it will open
I use 'aterm' in the 'openmailbox' file but ofcourse you can use another terminal program
like xterm, eterm, etc. Just change the contence of the 'ATERM' var and even change the
name if you like.
You can start xbuffy with the following command:
exec xbuffy -poll 30 -shortnames -header 0 -boxfile /home/jappe/.xbuffyrc -center -fg white -bg black
Taken from the xbuffy man page:
-poll secs How often the mailbox files are polled for new
mail. If this is not specified, it will use the
MAILCHECK environment variable. (default: 60)
-shortnames Will display the file names of all the mailboxes
it is watching.
-header secs This will display the From: and Subject: lines
from incoming mail messages in a popup window
when button 1 is pressed in the box label. The
mail header will also popup automatically for
the amount of time indicated in secs when new
mail arrives. If secs is 0, the mail header
will not pop up when new mail arrives. Clicking
in the popup window when mail arrives (if the
argument is non-zero) will instantly popdown the
window. This feature was borrowed from xpbiff
The name of a file containing configuration
information for the boxes. The boxfile is an
alternative way of specifying what to watch.
The boxfile also allows each box to have differ-
ent polltime, headertime, etc.
-center Centers the name of the box in the box. This
option turns on the fill option.
See also the procmail how-to.
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