Get notified when new mail arrives

If Evolution is running it will pop-up a message telling you when new mail has arrived. However, what if it's not running? After all, you might not choose to keep Evolution running all the time.

The solution is gnubiff[[Author: sic]] , a GNOME applet that is able to periodically check mailboxes and report when there are new messages.

Its actually a modern version of biff, an old and venerable program that does much the same thing at the command-line.

gnubiff can be installed using Synaptic by searching for gnubiff. Once it's installed, right-click a blank spot on the panel, select Add to panel from the menu that appears, and select gnubiff from the list.

To configure it for your email account, right-click the applet's icon and select Preferences. Then, with the Mailboxes tab selected, click on mailbox 1 in the Mailboxes list and click the Properties button. Assuming your email provider uses POP3 email (it probably will), select Pop from the Type dropdown list. The dialog box will then change to accommodate new information fields, which you should fill-in as usual. You'll need to supply your mail server's POP3 address in the Address field. If the server uses encryption, click the Details dropdown list and select the type from the Authentication dropdown list (if in doubt, try SSL). Then click the OK button.

To disable Evolution's own email alert, start Evolution and click Edit ^ Plugins. In the dialog that appears, look down the list on the left-hand side for Mail Notification. Then remove the check from alongside. Quit Evolution and then start it again, if desired.

See also Tip 296, on page 346, which describes how to enact a desktop notifier for Gmail accounts.

H Increase output "remembered" by GNOME Terminal

By default GNOME Terminal "remembers" 500 lines of output, which you can then scroll through. That's a lot but you'll be surprised at how quickly you'll burn through it in a typical session. Just one long file listing (ls -la) of my home folder took 59 lines, for example. To increase the number of lines remembered, click Edit ^ Current Profile in an open terminal window, and then click the Scrolling tab. Then increase either the Scrollback figure, or the kilobytes figure—the two are related, and if one increases, so does the other.

Even at 500 lines, 318KB is used when all 500 lines are inputted, and that's a significant chunk of the system memory. The trick is, as always, to balance functionality with memory demands. Personally, I think a value of 1000 lines (636KB) is good on a system with 1GB or more of memory.

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