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xlock which displays mail-status?

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Is there an xlock (similar program, new version or flag) which displays the mail status of the user which locked the screen? (sort of like xlock and xbiff combined)

If so, where?

Let me describe it in more detail: Usually, if I read/write something in my office, the screen of my (unused) machine locks after 10 minutes. If I then leave the office for a few minutes and come back, I have to unlock xlock just to know whether I have new mail or not. It would be nice to see somehow on the still locked screen if there is new mailed for the logged in (and locked) user, so that I wouldn't have to unlock the screen.
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by:somberlain
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hmm, sounds like a neat idea.  maybe you ought to go over to the programming section and ask someone to write one for ya, if there isnt one out there.
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JYoungman earned 50 total points
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Use xscreensaver instead of xlock (xscreensaver will also do screen locking).   xscreensaver has a mode where you can run an arbitrary program as the "screensaver hack".   You could just use xbiff(1) as this program :-)  See "about:jwz" in Netscape to find the latest xscreensaver sources -- the latest version I'm aware of is 2.26.  The URL for more info about xscreensaver is http://people.netscape.com/jwz/xscreensaver/
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JYoungman: Your suggestion was right, only the URL doesn't seem to exist anymore (it's redirected to home.netscape.com). I found xscreenserver for Linux on http://www.etsimo.uniovi.es/pub/linux/X11/screensavers/ (there might be other places, try archie).
With this package, it seems to work.

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JYoungman: Your suggestion was right, only the URL doesn't seem to exist anymore (it's redirected to home.netscape.com). I found xscreenserver for Linux on http://www.etsimo.uniovi.es/pub/linux/X11/screensavers/ (there might be other places, try archie).
With this package, it seems to work.

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