woob msg

Console application able to read (and send, if supported) public and private messages.

It supports the following websites:

Get woob msg

This application is part of woob. To install it, please read this page.


You can run woob msg without any parameter to get an interactive prompt, or specify a command to run it directly and exit just after.

In this page we will use the interactive mode:

$ woob msg
Welcome to woob msg

Copyright(C) 2010-2021 The woob Team
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, version 3 of the License.

Type "help" to display available commands.

Loaded backends:

woob msg>

Use the help command to see what are the available commands.

For more information about common options of console applications, read this documentation.

The first time you launch woob msg, it will ask you what backends you want to add and configure. You can also use the backends command to manage them, and to enable only specific backends.

Post a message

You can post a message to someone with the post command:

msg> post ID

Then, it asks you to enter the message content, then type EOF (Ctrl-D) to send it.

For example:

msg>post 0612345678@sfr
Reading message content from stdin... Type ctrl-D from an empty line to post message.
Hi dear, can you buy some sugar? I'll stroke your little pussy tonight.

List messages

To get threads list, use:

* (1)     Promenades et Cartographie à Poitiers (dlfp)
             2010-12-01 10:10:13.000002
* (2)     OpenStreetMap : Cartopartie Accessibilité à Paris (dlfp)
             2010-12-01 08:30:06.000002
* (3)     Faire évoluer LinuxFr.org (dlfp)
             2010-11-30 09:53:42.000001

Then, you can list messages of a thread with:

msg> list 3
* (1) [--]  Concours : Faire évoluer LinuxFr.org (dlfp)
  * (2) [N-]  Effectivement (dlfp)
    * (3) [N-]  Re: Effectivement (dlfp)
      * (4) [N-]  Re: Effectivement (dlfp)
  * (5) [N-] < Nic0> Question sur les URL (dlfp)
    * (6) [N-]  Re: Question sur les URL (dlfp)
    * (7) [N-] < _seb_> Re: Question sur les URL (dlfp)
  * (8) [N-]  J'ai bien une idée... (dlfp)
    * (9) [N-]  Je suis peut-être optimiste mais... (dlfp)
    * (10) [N-]  Re: J'ai bien une idée... (dlfp)

Displayed flags are:

  • N is an unread message
  • U is a message not delivered yet
  • R is a delivered message

Read a message

Use the show command:

msg> show 2
Title: Effectivement
Date: 2010-11-30 10:25:00+00:00
From: José JORGE

Il faut du graphisme dans le nouveau site : il est pour l'instant assez
illisible. Pourquoi ne pas avoir gardé le style actuel, histoire de ne pas
accumuler les bugs lors de la migration?

Use cases

Send system alerts to your phone

Through setting up a cron task, you can send the result of a command to you phone by SMS, for example:

@daily rkhunter --report-warnings-only --cronjob | msg post 0612345678@bouygues -e

Every day, it will send the rkhunter report to your mobile phone.

Note that -e is used to avoid sending a message if the report is empty.