I am still wondering whether there is a prgram out there that notifies you
when mail arrives on your account on a remote host while running on a local
The ***several*** advantages of having such a program would be:
Scenario 1: A user connects their Linux box via dialup to a server/firewall that uses IP Masquerading. Through the firewall the user can
get to a Linux box on the internet where the user checks for
mail. It is not possible to forward mail through the firewall
so the "remote mail checker" is the only way to be notified of
Scenario 2: A user receives mail on a Linux/Unix box where usage of a .forward
file to forward mail does not work (not that unlikely).
In this case the "remote mail checker" application would be useful.
There have already been several improvements to biff like programs.
1) Xbiff changes the color of the pixmap xbiff displays.
This has an advantage over biff in that if you miss the beep, for example
of you're gone to the bathroom and come back, you can tell whether mail
has arrived by looking at the change in color.
2) Xbiff++ has added functionality to xbiff by letting you know not only that
mail has arrived but it can use a different pixmap for each person that
mail you, or, can notify you when only certain people mail you. That
way you don't open your inbox just to find spam.
It would be nice if this new feature I mention were added, perhaps to xbiff.