mail-notification(1) a mail notification system tray icon


mail-notification [-?|--help] [--usage] [-i|--enable-info]
        [-p|--display-properties] [-r|--consider-new-mail-as-read]
        [-a|--display-about] [-u|--update]
        [--unset-obsolete-configuration] [--gdk-debug=FLAGS]
        [--gdk-no-debug=FLAGS] [--display=DISPLAY]
        [--screen=SCREEN] [--sync] [--name=NAME] [--class=CLASS]
        [--gtk-debug=FLAGS] [--gtk-no-debug=FLAGS] [--g-fatal-warnings]
        [--gtk-module=MODULE] [--oaf-ior-fd=FD] [--oaf-private]
        [--oaf-activate-iid=IID] [--disable-sound] [--enable-sound]
        [--espeaker=HOST:PORT] [--version] [--sm-client-id=ID]
        [--sm-config-prefix=PREFIX] [--sm-disable]
        [--disable-crash-dialog] [--load-modules=MODULE1,MODULE2,...]
        [--display=DISPLAY] [-s|--print-summary]


mail-notification is a program that sits in your desktop environment's notification area (or say System Tray) and shows mail status icon. When there's no mail waiting, it doesn't show any icon, and the envelope icon appears when some of configured accounts have new mail. Also it can automatically launch the program, specified in Preferences on new mail arrival.

  mail-notification features include:

   * multiple mailbox support
   * mbox, MH, Maildir, Sylpheed, POP3, IMAP, Gmail and Evolution support
   * SASL authentication support
   * APOP authentication support
   * SSL/TLS support (disabled, see README.Debian)
   * automatic detection of mailbox format
   * immediate notification (depending on your settings)
   * HIG 2.0 compliance


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is included below. For a complete description, see the Info files.

-? --help
Show summary of options.
Show brief usage message.
-v --version
Show version of program.
-i --enable-info
Enable informational output.
-p --display-properties
Display the properties dialog.
-a --display-about
Display the about dialog.
-u --update
Update the mail status.
-r --consider-new-mail-as-read
Consider new mail as read.
Unset obsolete GConf configuration.
X display to use.
-s --print-summary
Print a XML mail summary.


To run this application the standard way, type:

# mail-notification &

To start directly into the preferences dialog or to access it while mail-notification is running, type:

# mail-notification -p &


mail-notification was written by Jean-Yves Lefort <[email protected]>.

This manual page was written by Pascal Giard <[email protected]> and LIU Qi <[email protected]> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). Great parts were directly taken from the manpage written by Dan Korostelev <[email protected]>. Thanks Kai-Martin <[email protected]> for the updated information.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

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