TkBiff is a small shell script which signals when you get mail. It is
similar to |
xbiff in many ways with the exception that it
is text based and it gives you the time when the mail arrived.
Note that TkBiff is not a mail reader (you cannot read your mail in
Here is an example of how it might look while running:
How to Use TkBiff
You need to do the following things to use TkBiff:
After that a small window (as shown above) should appear on the
screen. When new mail arrives the background of the window turns
blue and a text stating when the mail arrived appears (see below).
You can reset the the background color to white by clicking on it,
this is also done automatically when you check mail. If TkBiff
cannot access your mail spool file for some reason the background
turns red until TkBiff again can access it.
- Get the tcl/tk source (download below)
- Modify the the following line:
set gMailFile "/usr/spool/mail/$env(USER)"
so that it points to where mail is stored in your system.
- Start the script from the command line with the following command:
computer> tkbiff &
You have new mail look:
The TkBiff settings can be accesed by double clicking in the
TkBiff window. Today you can only set the beep and message window
settings this way.
Command line options
So far there are only three command line options implemented (tell me
if you want anything else and I just might implement it). The command
line options are:
Note that you can also access the
|Makes TkBiff beep
when new mail arrives.|
|Makes TkBiff throw up a message
window when new mail arrives.|
|The delay in
seconds between mail checks.|
settings by double clicking on the TkBiff window.
TkBiff is free of charge as long as you send me an e-mail with: extensions you want
to see, comments on what is good and bad.
The latest released version for download.
Olle Sundblad author of TkBiff