pass the output of some command to a new email in the default email client

somecommand | open "mailto:?body=$(cat - | stripansi | urlencode)"
This depends on 'stripansi' and 'urlencode' commands, which exist on my system as these aliases: alias stripansi='perl -ple "s/\033\[(?:\d*(?:;\d+)*)*m//g;"' alias urlencode='perl -MURI::Escape -ne "\$/=\"\"; print uri_escape \$_"' The `open` command handles URLs on a Mac. Substitute the equivalent for your system (perhaps gnome-open). I don't use system `mail`, so I have this aliased as `mail` and use it this way: git show head | mail

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By: fletch
2010-02-25 19:44:27

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Great time saver! Mapped a similar command to script called "save" that addresses an email to myself. Thanks for the perl aliases, too.
jrparris · 433 weeks and 3 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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