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While YouTube gives you an uninterrupted flow of distraction, mailltube gives you a continuous stream of focus.
The xnotify and herbe projects give a sane approach to desktop notifications using a FIFO or just a command line for communication, and lets the integration up to the user, as easy as
echo "message" >$XNOTIFY_FIFO or
herbe "message" from a shell.
The mailtube suite generates xnotify or herbe notifications from a remote Maildir on a server, through SSH for instance, or from a local Maildir directly.
mailtube-server binary needs to be present on the same machine where the Maildirs are, and an
mailtube-$client binary present on the local machine.
Start xnotify with a FIFO, and then run the mail notification daemon streaming messages to it.
export XNOTIFY_FIFO="$HOME/.cache/xnotify.fifo" rm -f "$XNOTIFY_FIFO" mkfifo "$XNOTIFY_FIFO" xnotify <>$XNOTIFY_FIFO & mailtube-xnotify ssh firstname.lastname@example.org mailtube-server Maildir &
Straight after this, each new mail received on the server will generate a local desktop notification.
Run the mail notification daemon and spawn herbe on each incoming notification:
mailtube-herbe ssh email@example.com mailtube-server Maildir &
Only show the notifications on-screen in the terminal:
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org mailtube-server Maildir &
If mailtube is killed or the local computer powered off, the notification will not be lost, and when running mailtube again, the pending notifications will be displayed again.
All thanks to Maildir having separate
If notifications are missed, their content can of course be seen again by opening the list of email with the mail client.