Re: asmail

Bartosz Wucke (
Fri, 27 Sep 2002 03:24:15 +0200

> Now, while I am at it, does anyone want anything changed
> in asmail? If you have any ideas, send me a line.

Cool :) My wishlist: (posting to the group, so everyone could discuss it, in 
order of priority as I feel it.)

1(!) Allow secure connection to remote collections. This is a standard nowadays 
and I don't feel too secure knowing my password in plaintext is being sent 
every 4 mins or so over the net...
2. Allow separate "Update" for different MailFiles (or at least change defaults 
so local mailfiles remain checked every 5 secs, and remote - every 4-5 mins at 
3. Fix message count display - The number of messages, for me, is being 
displayed only on non-transparent area of the icon. Somehow I can't get "Black" 
to work as font color.
4. Add message count display mode, where a separate number for each mail 
collection is displayed.
5. Maybe add different color for displaying "New" messages (if any) for a 
collection and if none are found, display old messages count in old fashion.
6. Allow other file formats than xpm as icons...
7. Add "reconfigure" option - asmail just sends a signal to a running instance, 
to tell it to reload config and check mail now, daemon style. (like, you could 
add it to "Execute" entry of .asmailrc and keep clicking on asmail impatiently 
to check if the desired mail has finally arrived :)
8. Separate "Execute" when there's new mail and when no new mail is present. 
I.E. launch "read mail" when new is available or "compose" when there's none.
9. Give us some diagnostics when running (maybe just separate icon entries?) 
for "error", "server error", "checking" - so we would know there's actually no 
new mail, not that our network could be down.

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