Desktop notification integration in Gnus!? Ohh goody!
gnus-desktop-notify.el provides a simple mechanism to notify the user when new messages are received. For basic usage, to be used in conjunction with gnus-daemon, put the following:
(require 'gnus-desktop-notify) (gnus-desktop-notify-mode) (gnus-demon-add-scanmail)
into your .gnus file. The default is to use alert if available, which works on every operating system and allows the user to customize the notification through emacs. See https://github.com/jwiegley/alert#for-users for further info. If not available, the notifications library (part of emacs >= 24) is used, so no external dependencies are required. With emacs <= 23 instead the generic notify-send program is used, which (in Debian or Ubuntu) is available in the libnotify-bin package.
You can also call any program directly by changing the gnus-desktop-notify-exec-program variable, or change the behavior entirely by setting a different gnus-desktop-notify-function function.
The group names are collapsed by default, and a single notification is generated containing all the groups with a count of new messages.
You can also download and install growl manually, and then customize as follows:
(require 'gnus-desktop-notify) (setq gnus-desktop-notify-function 'gnus-desktop-notify-exec gnus-desktop-notify-exec-program "growlnotify -a Emacs.app -m") (gnus-desktop-notify-mode) (gnus-demon-add-scanmail)
By default, all groups are notified when new messages are received. You can exclude a single group by setting the group-notify group parameter to "t" (this is quite common for spammy groups).
You can also selectively monitor groups instead by changing the gnus-desktop-notify-groups variable to 'gnus-desktop-notify-explicit and then manually selecting which groups to include the same way.
Press "G c" in the group buffer to customize group parameters interactively.
See the gnus-desktop-notify customization group for more details.