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Using mutt (or pine), but annoyed that it doesn't give you any notifications when you've received new emails? buzz-ed is a simple application that detects new emails on IMAP servers using IDLE (push rather than pull). When it detects unseen messages, it shows writes the amount of new messages to a defined file and runs a defined command.

This project is a Rust fork of hasmail, which provides basically the same features, and is written in Go.


buzz-ed looks for a TOML configuration file in ~/.config/buzz/buzz.toml on startup. The configuration file consists of a number of sections, each corresponding to one account:

server = ""
port = 993
username = ""
pwcmd = "gnome-keyring-query get gmail_pw"

Running buzz-ed

buzz /tmp/mails "pkill -RTMIN+2 i3blocks"

The first argument is the file, where it stores the amount of unread messages. The second argument is the script or programm it starts after the amount has changed.

Account fields

The value in [] can be anything (though avoid . as it will be parsed as a new TOML section). The options for an account are as follows:

  • server: The address to connect to. MUST currently be SSL/TLS enabled.
  • port: The port to connect to.
  • username: Username for authentication.
  • pwcmd: Command to execute to get password for authentication.