lsmbox - list number of total, old unread, and new messages for the
lsmbox [OPTION]... [MAILBOX]...
lsmbox lists the number of messages in a mailbox. Both total, unread
but old, and new messages can be listed, for one or several mailbox
files. Non-existing or empty mailboxes will be silently ignored. If
the program has been compiled with curses support, you can execute a
predefined command on a mailbox by choosing that mailbox using the
cursor keys and pressing enter. If the program has been compiled with
ncurses, the command can also be executed by clicking on the mailbox
with the mouse-pointer.
By default, lsmbox will look in $MAIL (if defined) or
/var/spool/mail/USERNAME for the inbox, and in $HOME/Mail/ for other
mailboxes. This can be overridden by changing the default paths in
$HOME/.lsmboxrc. See lsmboxrc(5) for further details. If $HOME is not
defined on your system, the program will look in the current directory
If no mailbox is given as an argument, the program will default to
listing information about the mailboxes listed in $HOME/.lsmboxrc. If
no default mailboxes have been specified in that file, or if that file
does not exist, the program will abort with an error.
A filename of ! denotes your inbox. A leading ("=") or ("+") in a
filename will be expanded into the path to your mail-directory.
If the name of a mailbox given at the command-line contains a path-
separator ("/"), it is assumed that the default mailbox path shall be
ignored for that entry, unless it has a leading ("=") or ("+").
Update statistics continuously rather than just listing them
once. Exit with ‘q’ (waits for the next mailcheck to finish) or
‘<ctrl> + c’ (aborts immediately). Note: this option is only
available if the program has been compiled with curses support
Interval in seconds between each update of the statistics. This
option overrides the environment variable $MAILCHECK. Using a
low interval will give you faster notification of newly arrived
e-mail, but will put increased load on your system. Note: this
option is only available if the program has been compiled with
Only display mailboxes with new messages (and old unread, if the
mark_old option has been unset)
Do not display the number of old messages each mailbox contains
Width to use for the mailbox column; leave empty to use the
Do not display a summary of the statistics for all mailboxes
Only display the name of the mailbox rather than the full path
Do not display total number of messages each mailbox contains
--help Display help for the command
Display version and author information
Interval in seconds between each update of the statistics.
To get information about your inbox:
To get information about the mailboxes debian-devel, linux-kernel, and
lsmbox debian-devel linux-kernel spam
To get information about the mailbox test which resides in your home
To use lsmbox to keep track of updates in all mailboxes listed in
Personal preferences for lsmbox.
Apr 16 2006: Updated for v2.1.0 of lsmbox.
Apr 16 2004: Updated for v2.0.0 of lsmbox.
Mar 13 2004: Updated for v1.9.0 of lsmbox.
Mar 15 2003: Updated for v1.7.0 of lsmbox.
Jan 16 2003: Minor fixes.
Jan 06 2003: Minor fixes.
Dec 09 2002: Minor fixes.
Nov 06 2002: Updated for v1.5.0 of lsmbox.
Oct 30 2002: Updated for v1.4.2 of lsmbox.
Oct 30 2002: Fixed a typo.
Oct 30 2002: Updated for v1.4.0 of lsmbox.
Oct 29 2002: Updated for v1.3.1 of lsmbox.
Oct 29 2002: Updated for v1.3.0 of lsmbox.
Oct 28 2002: Fixed a typo.
Oct 26 2002: Updated for v1.1.0 of lsmbox.
Oct 26 2002: Updated for v1.0.1 of lsmbox.
Oct 21 2002: Initial release.
lsmbox and its manual-pages are written by David Weinehall
Report bugs to <email@example.com>.
Copyright © 2002-2006 David Weinehall
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is
NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR