Looking for tool to monitor POP3 mailbox

Forum: Apps
Topic: Looking for tool to monitor POP3 mailbox
started by: john.martzouco

Posted by john.martzouco on Dec. 29 2007,23:24
Hi guys,

I'm looking for an email tool to monitor my POP3 mailboxes.  I'd like something that could run in the background and let me know when a new message has arrived.  Ultimately, I'd like to be able to click on a message in a list and have Sylpheed open up so that I could read and answer.  All this without removing the message from the server or storing it locally permanently.

I use a Windows tool named < Magic Mail Monitor > that does a great job of this.  I've run it under Wine on DSL, but it really flickers.  I'm betting that there have got to be some great email tools for Linux and I'm hoping you guys can point me to one or two.

Also, does anybody know any real good generic Linux forums where I might ask questions like this?  I hate to be more of a burden to you than I need to be and I know that there have got to be more appropriate places to learn the basics.

Much thanks,

Posted by JohnJS on Dec. 30 2007,16:17
Hi John,
As a newbie to Linux I found 'linuxquestions.org' to be quite helpful.
Have a Happy New Year.

Posted by curaga on Dec. 30 2007,17:03

There are loads for Windowmaker, and so for fluxbox. These don't go into the tray though, but to the slit.

Here's a long list of those capable of docking into systray: < http://www.linuxlinks.com/Softwar....x.shtml >

Check alltray out too ;)
< http://alltray.sourceforge.net/ >

Posted by curaga on Dec. 30 2007,17:04
Newer versions of Sylpheed also show an icon in the tray showing your mails
Posted by lucky13 on Dec. 30 2007,20:48
The equivalent of the fluxbox slit in jwm is the SWALLOW tag in the tray. I don't know how well a 64x64 dockapp will work in a 32-pixel or smaller tray, but you could add an extra 64-pixel tray that will hold dockapps (and set on autohide or layer so it's under everything else if you don't want to give up 64xX pixels).
Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on Dec. 31 2007,01:34
For dockapps, I've used wmmaiload quite often.
Posted by lucky13 on Dec. 31 2007,15:05
John, I just remembered (or was reminded) that Opera gives a system-notice pop up in the bottom right corner when new e-mail and RSS feed items are available. Not sure that's quite what you're looking for. Like any good e-mail client, you can also set the option to leave mail on server. The pop up lasts a few seconds but the mail panel will show how many unread emails you have if you leave it open.
Posted by john.martzouco on Dec. 31 2007,15:51
Thanks gents,

For now, I'm going to stick with MMM.  I've been using it for over ten years and am very fond of it.  It runs in the DOCK of the taskbar and in JWM and, of course, feels completely familiar.

I'll look at some of your suggestions in the future when time permits.

A related question...

How can I set up an association in DSL v4.1 so that a file with a specified extension opens up in Sylpheed when double-clicked?  Is there already such an association?


Posted by lucky13 on Dec. 31 2007,18:06
Edit dfmext. Use the tool in the DSL menu (apps-tools-dfmext GUI).
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