mailsound - play sounds when mail is received
mailsound [-hszZvrd] soundname ...
mailsound allows a user to play sounds when new mail arrives. It reads
a mail message from stdin and uses Mark Boyns’ rplay library to play
sounds. The sound that is played is determined by a configuration file
in the user’s home directory called .mailsounds. Each line in this
file has two parts. The first part is a regular expression which will
be used to match the from address from a mail message. The second part
describes what to do when a match is found. The options in the second
part are identical to the options on the command line. The command
line options will set defaults which will be used if they are not
specified in the configuration file.
If not specified, the mailsound program will use the following
default sound: youvegotmail.au
default volume: 127 (50%)
.mailsounds file, no sound will be played.
Play sounds on all of these hosts.
The volume the sound will be played at will be determined by the
size of the mail message. The sound for a message with a size
smaller than <minsize> will be played at volume <minvolume>.
The sound for a message with a size larger than <maxsize> will
be played at volume <maxvolume>. The sound for a message with a
size between <minsize> and <maxsize> will be played at a volume
which is a linear interpolation between <minvolume> and
The sound to be played is determined by the size of the mail
message. If the message is smaller than <minsize>, the first
listed sound is played. If the message is larger than
<maxsize>, the last listed sound is played. If the message size
is between those two values, the appropriate sound from the list
-s <subject re>
The regular expression supplied will have to match the subject
of the message. If this option is not there, the subject of the
message is completely ignored. Be careful that the regular
expression does not contain spaces. Due to laziness of the
author of this program, this will hopelessly confuse the
Set the volume at which the sound should be played. The range
-r Pick a sound at random from the list of sounds provided.
-d Turn on debugging. This will produce diagnostic output to
The following could appear in the .forward file in your home directory:
(This assumes that your username is pickard)
Here is a sample $HOME/.mailsounds file:
Andrew.* -r Passing_Train riot arrp flinstones
daemon.* -v 220 sci_fi_fun
MAILER.* -S 1000,10000 cuckoo pig Oomph
This program was written by Andrew Scherpbier at San Diego State
University. He can be reached by E-mail as follows:
The mailsound program makes use of Mark Boyns’ rplay package which can
play multiple sounds on remote machines.
He can be reached by E-mail as follows:
The code does very little error checking. No range checking on any of
the values is done.
11 August 1993