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while true ; do fswebcam -d /dev/video0 -r 1280x1024 -F 15 - | uuencode $(date +\%Y\%m\%d\%H\%M).jpeg | mail -s "Video surveillance" [email protected] ; sleep 300 ; done
2016-08-09 14:22:45
User: pascalv
Functions: date mail sleep true uuencode

This takes a picture (with the web cam) every 5 minutes, and send the picture to your e-mail.

Some systems support

mail -a "References: "

so that all video surveillance emails are grouped in a single email thread.

To keep your inbox clean, it is still possible to filter and move to trash video surveillance emails (and restore these emails only if you really get robbed!)

For instance with Gmail, emails sent to [email protected] can be filtered with "Matches: DeliveredTo:[email protected]"

mtr www.google.com
/bin/rm -f ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Local\ Storage/*google*
2013-06-14 19:39:12
User: poslfit

If you are a regular user of Google Chrome and Gmail Offline, you'll find that Gmail Offline stops working after a while due to corruption of its local storage in your browser. Worse, trying to use Google Chrome's "Clear Browsing Data" menu command to remove all the local storage is (1) overkill, because it deletes non-Google page local storage, and (2) ineffective, because once the storage is corrupt, Google Chrome doesn't know how to delete it either. Fortunately, it's all stored in obviously named files in your home directory; this command deletes the files directly, after which restarting Google Chrome will let you reinstall Gmail Offline correctly.

curl -su username:passwd https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom | xmlstarlet sel -N x="http://purl.org/atom/ns#" -t -m //x:entry -v 'concat(position(), ":", x:title)' -n
curl -u username --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | awk 'BEGIN{FS="\n";RS="(</entry>\n)?<entry>"}NR!=1{print "\033[1;31m"$9"\033[0;32m ("$10")\033[0m:\t\033[1;33m"$2"\033[0m"}' | sed -e 's,<[^>]*>,,g' | column -t -s $'\t'
2011-10-15 23:15:52
User: frntn
Functions: awk column sed

Just an alternative with more advanced formating for readability purpose. It now uses colors (too much for me but it's a kind of proof-of-concept), and adjust columns.

while sleep 30; do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-15));echo -n " New Emails: $(curl -u username:password --silent https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom | grep 'fullcount' | grep -o '[0-9]\+')";tput rc; done &
mailutil transfer [email protected]} Gmail/
2010-10-07 07:30:00
User: bogomips
Tags: mail gmail

Copies an entire hierarchy of mailboxes from the named POP3/IMAP/etc. source to the named destination. Mailboxes are created on the destination as needed. NOTE: The 'mailutil' is Washington's University 'mailutil' (apt-get install uw-mailutils). More examples

mailutil transfer [email protected]}INBOX Gmail/ ; mailutil check [email protected]}\[Gmail\]/Spam

If you use the utility in the first, append -v|-d flag(s) to the end the commands above (man mailutil).

curl -n --ssl-reqd --mail-from "<[email protected]>" --mail-rcpt "<[email protected]>" --url smtps://smtp.gmail.com:465 -T file.txt
2010-10-03 15:44:53
User: mitry

Required curl version >=7.21; using .netrc for authorization

wget -O - 'https://USERNAMEHERE:[email protected]/mail/feed/atom' --no-check-certificate
2010-09-26 14:47:13
User: PLA
Functions: wget

I use this command in my Conky script to display the number of messages in my Gmail inbox and to list the from: and subject: fields.

curl -s https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin -d Email=$email -d Passwd=$password -d service=lh2 | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/'
curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | sed -n "s/<title>\(.*\)<\/title.*name>\(.*\)<\/name>.*/\2 - \1/p"
2009-09-07 21:56:40
User: postrational
Functions: awk sed tr

Checks the Gmail ATOM feed for your account, parses it and outputs a list of unread messages.

For some reason sed gets stuck on OS X, so here's a Perl version for the Mac:

curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | perl -pe 's/^<title>(.*)<\/title>.*<name>(.*)<\/name>.*$/$2 - $1/'

If you want to see the name of the last person, who added a message to the conversation, change the greediness of the operators like this:

curl -u username:password --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | perl -pe 's/^<title>(.*)<\/title>.*?<name>(.*?)<\/name>.*$/$2 - $1/'