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Re: [monitoring-like] would like to be warned when I have mail (fetchmai

From: Gerhard Siegesmund
Subject: Re: [monitoring-like] would like to be warned when I have mail (fetchmail -c)
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:10:56 +0200
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I did something similar, but asking an imap-Server for the number of
mails with fetchmail -c. Problem was: The query took several seconds to
succeed, in which time my screen freezed as the hardstatusline was
waiting for the info.

I read the manpage and found "backtick 1 0 0 script" which is supposed
to start the script and just wait for new messages to stdout to output
them on the hardstatusline. Works great! Except for one thing: The
script doesn't get killed, if the screen is ended. This means I have to
stop the mailcheck-scripts which are created from screen by hand.

Is there anything I can do to automatically stop the started scripts if
the parent-screen is terminated?

> This seems to be a good opportunity to make use of the hardstatus
> and backticks. I agree a script is the right idea; here's how I'd do
> it.
>     $ cat ~/bin/screen-checkmail
>     #!/bin/sh
>     [parse fetchmail output reasonably]
>     $ cat ~/.screenrc
>     ...
>     backtick 1 60 1 /$HOME/bin/screen-checkmail
>     ...
>     hardstatus alwayslastline ...%1`...
> Adding a conditional wrapper around your mail checker (eg %?...%?)
> will ensure that you only see your mail alert when your checkmail
> script produces output.

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