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Email yourself after a job is done

Terminal - Email yourself after a job is done
<command>; echo "job done"|mail [email protected] -s'job done'
2011-05-05 18:13:17
User: windfold
Functions: echo mail
Email yourself after a job is done

This is a two part command that comes in really handy if you're running commands that take longer than you're willing to wait. The commands are separated by the semicolon(;) The first command is whatever you're attempting to do. The second commands emails you after the job completes.


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Yes, this is particularly useful if you have an email2SMS gateway on your phone (and most everyone does). Unfortunately, most distros nowadays don't setup text-based mail programs so they work, even if you go and set up the GUI based ones during the install.

Comment by unixmonkey8121 203 weeks ago

There is a project for http://notifo.com">Notifo called Phone Pipe that will give you a command called 'phone' that will send a message to your Notifo account. Right now Notifo is iPhone and Android (beta) only, but more devices should be available soon.


HandBrakeCLI -i DVD -o file.m4v; phone "Bambi is done."
Comment by robotmachine 202 weeks and 1 day ago

Oops. http://notifo.com

Comment by robotmachine 202 weeks and 1 day ago

IMHO, it's better if you do: $&& echo "job done"|mail [email protected] -s'job done'

Doing this way, the mail only will be sent if the command was succesful.

Comment by amendocrem 201 weeks and 6 days ago

OoOo amendocrem that is quite fancy! could you post it and then send me a link? I will give you an up vote.

Comment by windfold 199 weeks ago

Not bad. But what I need is the be able to using something like this...

<COMMAND>; emailmewhendone.sh

...where emailmewhendone.sh sends an email where the subject line is . In other words, email me the name of the command that completed before me (before the semicolon.)

Ideas? Perhaps some obscure reserved variable that can be used?

Comment by anderandersson 190 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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