May 26, 2018

The X Literate Biff - displays the from and subject from incoming mails

Xlbiff lets you preview new mail to decide if you want to read it immediately. Regular xbiff lets you know when you have mail but not what it is.

Xlbiff lurks in the background, monitoring your mailbox file. When something shows up there, it invokes the scanCommand MH’s scan by default, and displays the output in a window. If more mail comes in, it scans again and resizes accordingly.

If you’re a Berkeley mail person, you can set scanCommand to

echo x | mail | grep "^.[NU]"

Or use the frm'' utility that is part of the Elm port as your scanCommand. A simular utility is thefromwho’’ package, posted to comp.sources.unix volume 25.