inbox count inbox_count tells you how many email messages are in your inbox. Usage gilgamesh:~/projects/inbox_count $ ./ -h Usage: [options] [-u USERNAME -s HOST]

Logs into IMAP server HOST and displays the number of messages in USERNAME’s inbox.

Options: -h, –help show this help message and exit -u USERNAME, –user=USERNAME Username to log into server –password=PASSWORD Password to log into server. If not included and password file not specified, password will be asked for interactively. -s HOST, –server=HOST Address of server -p PORT, –port=PORT Port of server, defaults to 993 –password-file=file Read password from password file FILE –no-ssl Do not use SSL. -v, –verbose Be verbose. –debug Be really verbose.

Example gilgamesh:~/projects/inbox_count$ ./ -u example_user -s –password-file password 25

If you don’t specify a password file or a password on the command line, inbox_count will ask you interactively. gilgamesh:~/projects/inbox_count$ ./ -u example_user -s Password: 25

Motivation I was inspired by a blog post. In it, Thomas uses a script to graph the number of emails in his Evolution email inbox, helping him turn “Inbox Zero” into a game. I don’t use Evolution. In that vein, this script returns a return code equal to the number of emails in your inbox. Unix tradition is that a return code of zero is success. It’s not my intention, however, that you use this script to compulsively check your email status. That would likely be counterproductive–instead, it’s meant for crontastically recording your inbox counts so you can make pretty graphs and track yourself. Security Because command line arguments are usually available to other users on a system, lets you specify the password in a password file. You can use filesystem permissions to lock down that password. Changelog For a detailed changelog, use the git history currently available at Github. v1.2: Fixed nasty bug where inbox_count included recently deleted messages. v1.1: Documentation fixes. v1.0: Initial release Licensing This software is copyright 2009-2016 Adam Wolf, and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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Troubleshooting, Questions, or Comments: inbox_count is located at Please make a Github issue with any feedback or problems you have with inbox_count. Thanks!