20 February 2008 08:04 -
I get a lot of email and have no intention of reading all email I get. Hence I
filter all my email using procmail. I.e. I put a lot of non urgent email
directly in a holding queue which is only put in my inbox once a week. But
this still presents me with another problem: Once a week my inbox is extremely
full with email. Therefor I looked at ways to summarize my email.
First I had to decide which email I can summarize. The easiest candidates are
emails I get very often with only a few lines I am interested in, i.e.
the subject or a few lines from the body. For this simple scripts,
like the one linked to below, can be created. I have several of these
scripts to summarize mails from mailing-lists etc. These scripts are run over
the holding queue before putting all email from the holding queue into my
inbox. Using these scripts reduces the amount of email in my inbox with over a
hundred messages a week.
A sample shell script I use for summarizing the buqtraq mailing-list can be found