Check your unread Gmail from the command line

curl -u username:password --silent "" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | sed -n "s/<title>\(.*\)<\/title.*name>\(.*\)<\/name>.*/\2 - \1/p"
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 "" | 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 "" | tr -d '\n' | awk -F '<entry>' '{for (i=2; i<=NF; i++) {print $i}}' | perl -pe 's/^<title>(.*)<\/title>.*?<name>(.*?)<\/name>.*$/$2 - $1/'
Sample Output
Contact Name - Email Subject
Contact Name2 - Email Subject2

2009-09-07 21:56:40

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What Others Think

Mac version works well too in i386 ;)
willemijns · 565 weeks and 3 days ago
shows only the first "from" name if there are multiple unread emails in a thread...
sitaram · 565 weeks and 3 days ago
Awesome command - have now added a wrapper function to my .bashrc
root · 565 weeks and 3 days ago
add /important to the atom feed url to only get your priority inbox
drewpearce · 488 weeks and 2 days ago
dytto123 · 133 weeks and 1 day ago
Thanks a lot
ankit941 · 125 weeks and 2 days ago
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JerrySheppard · 12 weeks and 2 days ago

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