Check email send text message through Bash script


I want to write a script that checks my email (imap) and send me a text message (to cell phone) if the word "ALERT" is in the title of any unread messages. However I don't want to mark all the messages marked as read when the script is done.

Any ideas?

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all mails are stored in one file to filesystem.
it is a simple text file where all mails are glued together.

cat it and grep ALERT then send it.

better would be to know a bit more of the line where the alert is quoted so yopu wont get sms when i write you a mail saying "ALERT me"  ....
jculkincysAuthor Commented:
ok thats a good start

do you know how I would send it in sms?
send a mail to one of these portals, they will do it for u
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jculkincysAuthor Commented:
could you just give me a rough example of the command.

would it be hard to decipher between emails that have been read and not read?
Also could I ensure that I would not be marking the mails as "read" when the script passed over them.

thanks alot for you help with both of my questions
use a rule in your mail client moving mails containing ALERT to different folder, depending on your mail ckient you could also directly forward to one of the sms providers

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jculkincysAuthor Commented:
That a great simple answer

I was looking to learn more about bash commands but if it can be accomplished without it then I can learn some other way.
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