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       wmbiffrc - configuration file for wmbiff(1)


       WMbiff  is  a mail notification tool for the WindowMaker and AfterStep window managers. It
       can handle up to 5 mailboxes, more when run using other window managers.  You  can  define
       actions  on  mouse clicks for the different mailboxes. This manpage explains the different
       options which can be specified in a user's wmbiffrc.


       Each option takes the form option[.mbox] = value.  Comments  must  be  preceded  by  pound
       signs (#).

       The supported configuration options are:

          File  that  holds TLS (SSL) certificates.  If specified, wmbiff will check certificates
          and exit on a failure, so your password is secure.  If not present, wmbiff  will  trust
          all  certificates  and  may be vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack.  WMbiff's will
          not prompt if you want to accept new certificates.  Instead, wmbiff expects  your  mail
          client  to  keep  certificates in a file.  For example, if mutt is your mailreader, you
          may add:


          Specify cipher suite preferences on a TLS session.  Can  be  a  predefined  value  from
          gnults or a custom value. Default value is: NORMAL.

          gnutls predefined values:

               PERFORMANCE (gnutls >= 2.2.0)
               NORMAL (gnutls >= 2.2.0)
               SECURE128 (gnutls >= 2.2.0)
               SECURE192 (gnutls >= 3.0.0)
               SECURE256 (gnutls >= 2.2.0)
               SUITEB128 (gnutls >= 3.0.0)
               SUITEB192 (gnutls >= 3.0.0)
               EXPORT (gnutls >= 2.2.0)
               NONE (gnutls >= 2.2.0)

          See for more details.

          Global  interval  between  mailbox  checking.  Value is the number of seconds, 5 is the

          Program run to ask for IMAP passwords, if left empty in the  configuration  file.   The
          default is /usr/bin/ssh-askpass.  Can be specified on a per-mailbox basis.

          XPM  pixmap  file  to  load for the background.  If not a full path, wmbiff will search
          /usr/share/wmbiff/skins, /usr/share/wmbiff, /usr/local/share/wmbiff,  and  the  current
          directory for the pixmap file.

          Command  to  be  executed  when  new  mail  is received in any mailbox. Set notify.n to
          override this option for mailbox n.

          Specifies the displayed label for a mailbox. It can be up to five characters long.

          Path to the mailbox, local or remote  one.  Path  lines  start  with  a  prefix,  which
          specifies the type of wmbiff box you're setting up. The following types are supported:

          mbox   This is a local mbox mailbox. After the prefix, you only need to put the path to
                 the mailbox wmbiff needs to read.  Local mboxes may  be  specified  using  shell
                 commands enclosed in back-ticks. (`s.)

                 This works just like mbox above.

                 flags can one or more of:

                 F      Flush  directory  caches  by creating (then deleting) a temporary file in
                        each maildir prior to checking.  This hack speeds  up  checking  network-
                        mounted  maildirs  in  cases  where  directory caching can cause unwanted
                        delays (eg. SFS-mounted maildirs).

          pop3   Using this type, WMBiff will check for mail on a pop3 server using the specified
                 username,  password,  host  and an optional port number (defaulting to 110).  If
                 your password contains a special character, eg. '@' or ':', use the second  path
                 format.  See Authentication below for a description of the auth field.
                 pop3:user:passwd@server[:port] [auth]
                 pop3:user passwd server[ port] [auth]

          pop3s  Exactly  like  pop3,  only uses TLS (SSL) when built with gnutls and defaults to
                 port 995. This copy of WMBiff was compiled with GNUTLS.

          imap   These are IMAP4 boxes. As with pop3, WMBiff will report the status of  an  IMAP4
                 mbox using the given values. This type accepts user, optional password, host and
                 optional path to mailbox and  port  number.   See  Authentication  below  for  a
                 description  of  the  auth  field.   The password may be left empty: see askpass
                 above for information on password prompting.  If your password includes a @, use
                 the  space  delimited form.  If it contains a space or #, use the askpass option
                 instead.  The mailbox field may be quoted, e.g.,  server/"Mail/Eggs  and  Spam".
                 Mailboxes in subfolders may be described as /INBOX.subfolder by some servers and
                 /Mail/subfolder by others.
                 imap:user:passwd@server[/mailbox][:port] [auth]
                 imap:user:@server[/mailbox][:port] [auth]
                 imap:user passwd server[/mailbox][ port] [auth]
                 imap:user:passwd@server[/"mail box"][:port] [auth]

          imaps  These are IMAP4 boxes wrapped in a TLS (SSL) connection. This copy of WMBiff was
                 compiled with GNUTLS. Parameters are the same as those for ordinary IMAP4 boxes.
                 Port defaults to 993. If 143  is  specified,  WMBiff  will  attempt  to  connect
                 unencrypted  but  negotiate TLS using IMAP's STARTTLS command.  TLS support uses
                 GNUTLS, which is under development and may be insecure.   See  the  imap  format
                 above for additional detail about specifying your password.
                 imaps:user:passwd@server[/mailbox][:port] [auth]
                 imaps:user:@server[/mailbox][:port] [auth]
                 imaps:user passwd server[/mailbox][ port] [auth]

          shell  With  this  keyword, wmbiff will launch the specified shell command and read its
                 output (STDOUT) expecting an integer message count or a three-character  string.
                 If "new" is in the first line, the string or number will be displayed in yellow.
                 The behavior of  this  experimental  keyword  is  likely  to  change  in  future
                 shell:::/path/to/command shell:::lpq | grep Queue | awk '{print $2}'

          Command  to  be  executed on new mail arrival in the given mailbox. Accepts the special
          keyword "beep" to use the pc speaker.

          Command to be executed on left mouse click on a mailbox  label.   Accepts  the  special
          keyword  "msglst"  to  pop  up  a  window  of  recent message headers from IMAP or POP3
          mailboxes when the left mouse button is held.

          Command to be executed on middle mouse click on a mailbox level.  Accepts  the  special
          keyword  "msglst"  to  pop  up  a  window  of  recent message headers from IMAP or POP3
          mailboxes when the middle mouse button is held.

          Per mailbox check interval. Value is the amount of seconds between  checkings,  default
          is the global interval.

          Interval between mail auto-fetching. Values accept 0 to disable, -1 for autofetching on
          new mail arrival, and positive values for a given interval in seconds.

          Command to be executed to fetch mail. If not  specified,  fetching  through  wmbiff  is
          disabled completely.  Accepts the special keyword "msglst" to pop up a window of recent
          message headers from IMAP and POP3 mailboxes when the right mouse button is held  down,
          though not when fetchinterval is nonzero.

          Show  debugging  messages  from this mailbox.  Currently supported values are "all" and
          "none".  The -debug option to wmbiff overrides this setting.  Since IMAP uses a  single
          connection per server, per-mailbox debugging may not


       WMBiff  will  automatically  size its window to the number of configured mailboxes.  While
       WindowMaker's Dock and AfterStep's  Wharf  expect  square,  64x64  applets,  other  window
       managers,  such as Blackbox or Openbox do not have this limitation.  This uncharacteristic
       "dockapp" behavior is intended to help those users who don't have exactly  five  mailboxes
       to watch.

       To  preserve  the  old-style  five-mailbox  window  even  when  you  have  only  two,  add
       path.4=<space><space> to configure a blank 5th mailbox.

       To use the new-style sizing, just configure as many mailboxes as you want.


       Authentication methods include "cram-md5", "apop" (for Pop3), and "plaintext".  "cram-md5"
       and "apop" are only available when wmbiff is compiled with libgcrypt.  This copy of WMBiff
       was compiled with gcrypt.  Authentication methods are tried in the following order:  cram-
       md5, apop, plaintext.

       Each  authentication  method  will be tried unless a list is included in the [auth] field.
       For example, append "cram-md5 apop" if  you  don't  want  your  password  to  be  sent  in
       cleartext  over  the  network.  Conversely, append "plaintext" if you don't want wmbiff to
       bother with other authentication  methods.   Leaving  authentication  methods  unspecified
       should  be  reasonably  safe.   The  order  of entries in the [auth] list is not currently


       For  problems  authenticating  to  servers,  try  specifying  the  authentication   method
       explicitly  as described above: sometimes a failed attempt to authenticate can cause later
       failures.  Some servers claim to support cram-md5 but fail: telling wmbiff not to try  can

       For other problems, run wmbiff with the -debug option.  See wmbiff(1) for details.

       While  editing  .wmbiffrc,  you may find it useful to restart wmbiff using either control-
       shift mouse button 1, or killall -USR1 wmbiff.


              per-user wmbiff configuration file.


       This manual page was written by  Jordi  Mallach  <>,  originally  for  the
       Debian system (but may be used by others).


       /usr/share/doc/wmbiff/examples/sample.wmbiffrc (or equivalent on your system)