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Old 07-08-2010, 02:16 PM
Bob Goodwin
 
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I can tag Thunderbird received messages with color but what I
really need is to tag them with a sound. I would like to play a
unique sound as the output of an e-mail filter.

I can hear the incoming mail tone from other parts of the house
but I would like to know when the message goes into one of the
filter directories I've created, else if I am waiting for a
response I have to keep coming back to the computer to see if it
signals the awaited message.

Is there a way I can do that?

Bob

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Old 07-09-2010, 05:57 AM
Tim
 
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On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 10:16 -0400, Bob Goodwin wrote:
> I can tag Thunderbird received messages with color but what I
> really need is to tag them with a sound. I would like to play a
> unique sound as the output of an e-mail filter.

You'll probably regret wanting that.

Years ago, with another client that had filtering rules that let you do
anything (run a program, etc.) when the rule was triggered. It tried
doing just what you want, just for giggles.

As hundreds of mail came in from my mailing lists, it started ringing
like a one-armed bandit machine jackpotting in a casino, slowing down
mail processing at the same time, and kept on ding-a-linging long after
all the mail had come through.

You'd get the same thing with some IRC clients ringing their own bell
like mad, while you logged in to some server that spewed out hundreds of
lines of welcoming/warning text as you connected up.

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[tim@localhost ~]$ uname -r
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Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored. I
read messages from the public lists.



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Old 07-09-2010, 09:40 AM
Bob Goodwin
 
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On 09/07/10 01:57, Tim wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-07-08 at 10:16 -0400, Bob Goodwin wrote:
>
>> I can tag Thunderbird received messages with color but what I
>> really need is to tag them with a sound. I would like to play a
>> unique sound as the output of an e-mail filter.
>>
> You'll probably regret wanting that.
>
> Years ago, with another client that had filtering rules that let you do
> anything (run a program, etc.) when the rule was triggered. It tried
> doing just what you want, just for giggles.
>
>

Yes instead of tagging a message from a particular source, to be
listed in red perhaps, I would like it to play one musical chord.

> As hundreds of mail came in from my mailing lists, it started ringing
> like a one-armed bandit machine jackpotting in a casino, slowing down
> mail processing at the same time, and kept on ding-a-linging long after
> all the mail had come through.
>
> You'd get the same thing with some IRC clients ringing their own bell
> like mad, while you logged in to some server that spewed out hundreds of
> lines of welcoming/warning text as you connected up.
>
>

Tim, this is one of the rare cases where you are wrong or perhaps
don't understand what Thunderbird does? As it is now I have it set
to "Play a sound" when an e-mail arrives
[/usr/share/sounds/purple/alert.wav]. The result is a musical chord
that plays several times an hour as e-mail is collected. Over the
past eighty years I've developed selective hearing and usually don't
even hear it unless I am waiting for a response to a "text message"
or some such that may require immediate action on my part.

I receive hundreds of messages each day, those sounds only occur one
time when a slug of messages is received and are not repeated
endlessly until the user kills them. In fact I find them reassuring
in that I know my internet connection is working, which in my case
it is not always, due to our severe summer weather that can block
the k-band radio signal path. There was a short outage yesterday
with the "tropical depression" moving into South Texas, the far end
of my satellite path.

It seems to me there must be others who would like this feature and
thought it might already exist. Apparently not.

Bob



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