recommendations for mailbox-watching programs like gbuffy

Anthony Joseph Seward anthony.seward at
Wed Jun 7 16:27:05 UTC 2006

yum info mail-notification

In Extras, I think.


On Wed, 2006-06-07 at 08:27 -0400, George Avrunin wrote:
> I often work from one machine while receiving most of my mail on
> another.  I read my mail with VM in XEmacs, and I use procmail to sort
> much of it into various files (e.g., the mail for the Fedora list).
> In the past, I have used xbuffy and gbuffy to monitor my system
> mailbox and a couple of these other mailboxes.  These programs offer
> an advantage for me over the mail-notification applet or programs like
> gnubiff because they provide an immediate visual indication of whether
> there's mail in those mailboxes--it's not necessary to move the mouse
> over an icon or click on anything to see whether there's new mail.  I
> just installed FC5 on the machine that gets most of the mail, and I
> can't find rpms for gbuffy or xbuffy that will install or build.  It
> looks like the problems are due to changes in gtk and to gcc getting
> pickier, but I thought I would ask for suggestions before I try to
> brush up my meager C skills.
> Does anyone know of substitutes for or improvements on (g|x)buffy?  I
> need to be able to monitor remote mailboxes, and I'd like something
> that sits there quietly showing whether I have mail in each of those
> mailboxes, but can also show me the From and Subject headers if I ask
> for them.  Pointers to rpms for gbuffy or xbuffy (or how to get them
> to compile on FC5) would also be fine.
> Thanks,
>   George

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