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Re: [Nmh-workers] [NEWBIE]: fetchmail/procmail and inc

From: Joel Reicher
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] [NEWBIE]: fetchmail/procmail and inc
Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2007 08:00:34 +1100

> inc(1) reads from the mail spool file, e.g. /var/spool/ralph, and
> creates individual ~/mail/inbox/[0-9]* files before emptying the spool
> file.  It mucks around with the `unseen' sequence too, although that's
> not something I've found useful;  that's the `database of new mails'
> you're referring to in a way.  MH `knows' about the new ones just
> because scan(1) finds the files exist when you do "scan last:20".

Interesting; I couldn't live without the unseen sequence. My inbox
contains a large backlog of "old" messages which have been read but not

> If you want bash(1) or something else to tell you there's new emails
> deposited in +inbox by procmail then I guess you can muck around with
> the MAIL environment variable that bash watches and write stuff to $MAIL
> in procmailrc;  perhaps someone who uses procmailrc to update +inbox
> will say what they do.  Me, I fetchmail, observe its output, and maybe
> inc.  :-)

I'm not familiar with the kind of output fetchmail gives, but you can
certainly use procmail to pipe messages to rcvtty in addition to
storing them. I find rcvtty's notification very useful.


        - Joel

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