Looking for mailwatch app

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Sun Sep 7 06:41:18 CEST 2008

On Sun, 7 Sep 2008 04:30:00 +0000 (UTC) Grant Edwards wrote:

> On 2008-09-06, Brian J. Tarricone <bjt23 at cornell.edu> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2 Sep 2008 20:19:44 +0000 (UTC) Grant Edwards wrote:
> >
> >> A couple nice-to-have features that I've always wanted (but
> >> never had) in a mailwatcher:
> >> 
> >>  * It would be handy to have a way send the mailwatcher(s) a
> >>    signal to update.  The sequence of events where this would
> >>    be useful is:
> >> 
> >>     1) The watcher detects new mail and changes the icon.
> >> 
> >>     2) Clicking on the icon starts an MUA.
> >> 
> >>     3) The user deletes/saves/whatever the new message.
> >> 
> >>     4) The user closes the MUA.    
> >
> > Ok, current svn will re-check all mailboxes if you send it SIGUSR2.
> I was about to try to add that -- as well as another signal to
> tell it to clear the status and stop checking until further
> notice. The tricky bit is knowing what process to send the
> signal to.  Since the ID numbers don't change, one could just
> look at the config files or "ps" output and hard-wire it in the
> MUA program/script, but it sounded a bit more elegent if there
> was a substitution on the "program" strings so that mailwatcher
> would substitute the ID number or process name wherever a %p or
> something like was found in the string.

Why not just do 'killall -USR2 xfce4-mailwatch-plugin'?  Or if you
don't like killall, there's always 'pkill -USR2
xfce4-mailwatch-plugin'.  Of course, I guess that will cause all of
them to re-check, which may not be desirable...

> >>  * It would be cool if the panel containing the mailwatchers
> >>    could stay hidden when there is no new mail.  Can an
> >>    auto-hide panel "un-hide" itself based on the state of one
> >>    of the plugins?  
> >
> > I think that can be done -- definitely file a feature request on
> > this.
> I was looking at the xfce panel API, and I saw the calls to
> hide/unhide a panel.  What I hadn't figured out was how to do
> the logical "or" of the statuses of multiple mailwatch apps
> (they don't know about each other, right?).



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