GMailbox is Copyright © 2002 Timothy Miller and distributed under the
GNU General Public License.
GMailbox is a mailbox checking and summary GNOME applet and/or standalone application.
It displays a box containing the sender and subject of the most recent emails
you have received, playing configurable sounds when new messages arrive. The
message sender is matched against regular expressions to determine the GTK style the sender and subject are each displayed
in and to determine the sound played when matching messages arrive. GMailbox
may also be configured to unblank the screensaver on certain incoming messages.
GMailbox was inspired by the InterViews
toolkit program "mailbox" which just displayed the sender and subject of
the last messages. InterViews apparently
ceased development in 1993, and its successors, Fresco and Berlin, don't seem
to have the mailbox program. In April, 2002, I wanted to find a replacement
for this program as the platform it had been running on in our department
was being replaced, and it seemed silly to have to port all of InterViews
for this one simple program. I searched the web, but, astonishingly, it seems
there were no other such mail monitoring programs that displayed the sender
and subject, let alone had the other features I was thinking of adding; they
all seemed to at best display counts of messages. (I've been told the situation
is similar on Windows.) Thus, gmailbox was born.
release is an early alpha version, v0.0.1. This web page is incredibly
preliminary; see the README file in the file release for a little more information.
I plan to add a good deal more detail later. Unfortunately, program installation
is currently a pain (must be done manually) and configuration a bigger pain
(involves manually editing a web of configuration files), but the core functionality
is there and working at present. Currently, only mail in unix "From " format
(typical /var/mail/<userid> format) is supported.
The SourceForge project page is
The released files were broken by Gnome 2. For the moment,
you can use the CVS files.
The README is still up to date except for everything concerning running it
as an applet and automatic restarting, both of which are no longer going to
be supported. You currently have to start it with the environment variable
GMAILBOX_STANDALONE set to get it to do anything at all. The plan is that
getting it into the panel or dock or whatever is provided will be done by
some swallowing program like gnome-swallow.
For gnome2, copy gmailbox.soundlist to the same path as in the readme, only
with .gnome2 rather than .gnome.
The format of the .gnome2/gmailbox fields has changed slightly since the
README. The case_*_regexp field now matches against the header rather than
just the 'From ' line; you can match against the 'From ' line by doing
Or you can match against, eg, the subject line with
It's case insensitive, and multiple-line header entries are folded back into
a single line again before this match.
Also, there's now a case_*_soundorder field which should either be an
integer or left out entirely (that is, not even having the name listed in an
entry, not just saying
) in which case it defaults to 0. If multiple emails arrive at once, the one
with the lowest soundorder value is used to determine the sound to play. If
there are multiple emails with the same soundorder value, the corresponding
entry which comes first in the .gnome2/gmailbox file is used. This is an
advanced feature, so don't worry about it.