Hello. I want to start using IMAP/SSL, but I would miss my
mail notification. So, I'd like to patch IceWM to support
Of course, linking SSL libraries against IceWM is absurd (heck,
a window manager that opens network sockets is a bit strange).
So, what if I were to modify IceWM to run an external program to
check mail? This has a number of benefits that I can see:
- Supports checking any style of mailbox anywhere on the planet.
All you have to do is write a script.
- You can run the mail-check program manually to debug the
connection and watch for errors.
- Removes socket code and knowledge of mbox formats from IceWM core.
- Removes sensitive passwords from the icewm prefs file.
I think they'd be safer in a dedicated file, like netrc (5).
Drawbacks? Well, performance I guess. That shouldn't be an issue
though, since people typically check for new mail once a minute
I picture shipping icewm with a tiny "icewm-mailcheck" program
that would contain most of the code removed from icewm to provide
all the functionality that we have today. However, it would be
trivial to recompile it to support SSL or replace it completely
with i.e. a custom Perl script.
Is this something that I should spend some time on? Or, am I
completely off my nut? Thanks,
From: Markus Ackermann <markus.ackermann@ub...> - 2001-11-09 07:48:21
> Is this something that I should spend some time on? Or, am I
> completely off my nut? Thanks,
IMHO it's a good idea. Please check the "icewm" module from CVS  if
there's already such a thing. In "icewm" Marko Macek tries to develop a
completely modular Window Manager from ground zero. Maybe he's already
done with the mail applet and you could reuse his code...
BTW, _current_ IceWM is in the "icewm-1.0" module.
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