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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:27 am    Post subject: TIP: Attach files to Thunderbird service menu Reply with quote

Here is a small script that is able to attach more than one files on a new composed mail under thunderbird. This script is very simple so that people with no script knowledges could understand it. Some parts of the script comes from various sources.

First we create a file called attach_mail service in /usr/local/bin
You can of course name it anyway you want and place it wherever you want. Just make sure that you have permissions to run the script (we also make it executable).

Code:
#! /bin/bash
#
# Script created by ASID
# Attach files to thunderbird

temp=""
count=0
for i in $*
do
   count=$(( $count + 1 ))
   if [ $count -eq $# ]
   then
      temp=${temp}file://${i}
   else
      temp=${temp}file://${i},
   fi
done

if thunderbird -remote "ping()" 2> /dev/null ;
then
   thunderbird -remote "xfeDoCommand(composeMessage,attachment='$temp')"
else
   thunderbird --compose "attachment='$temp'"
fi


The next step is to create the service menu. Name the following file AttachToThunderbirdMail.desktop or WhateverYouWant.desktop and place it in your ~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/ directory. If the servicemenus directory does't exist, you can create it without fear.

Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
ServiceTypes=all/all
Actions=attachToEmail

[Desktop Action attachToEmail]
Name=Attach to Mail
Icon=attach
Exec=/usr/local/bin/attach_mail_service %F


If you placed the 1st script in another directory, you must make the change also in the Exec command of the second file. Now, by changing the Name you change the text displayed under the Actions menu, when you right click on files.
Finally you can customise it on your local language by adding Name[it]= if you are Italian, Name[el]= if you are Greek,etc, and writing the text you want to be displayed on you native language.

Hope you enjoy :wink:
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice tip!

You should maybe propose it there : http://gentoo-wiki.com/Index:TIP
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Nice tip!

Thanks!
Quote:
You should maybe propose it there : http://gentoo-wiki.com/Index:TIP

Hmmmmm, how?! :?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, you'll need to create an account on the wiki. This became necessary because of spammers, flooders and other bitches.

Then i suggest you read http://gentoo-wiki.com/Help:Editing

Using a wiki is really easy, and fast.

Quick howto :
Once logged, you'll get an 'edit this page' button on every page you'll read.
You'll also get an 'edit' button right after each chaptermarks, making it easier for you to choose where to put your tip.

Your tip can go in the Mozilla subchapter, so click on the Edit right after Mozilla.
You'll see how other links are made. You can base you own on these examples.
You'll need to create an new page (which is done simply by linking to an empty page, e.g. [Tip : Multifile mail with thunderbird]

The [ and ] denotate an url. If the text between the [ ] (brackets, right?) is a string, the it's parsed as a page title.
So create the link to your new page, and save the changes.
Now your link will appear RED meaning that the page does not exists. Just click the link, you'll be sent directly to the page edit choice. Then write up your page, and save, done!

If you need help, post back (maybe in another topic, since the subject is sliding here) and I can help you formatting this page if you wish (this is the main goal of a wiki : multi editor content).

Wikis are really usefull IMO, don't forget to check out wikipedia.org!

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Done!
KaZeR, thanks for the help! Please, have a look at it http://gentoo-wiki.com/Index:TIP and tell me if you like the formating. Of course, any suggestions are always more than welcome...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clear, precise... Nice!

:)


Wiki is a great tool, isn't it? Share your knowledge now! :)
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the script works fine except for files with blanks in filename.
It seems that blanks are removed by the script?
Can somebody help to fix that?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seven years later and someone is still using my script?!
:D

I think there is an easier way to achieve this.

Remove attach_mail script. You don't need it.
Then replace the line
Code:
Exec=/usr/local/bin/attach_mail_service %F
in the AttachToThunderbirdMail.desktop file with the following:
Code:
Exec=/usr/bin/thunderbird-bin -compose "attachment='file://`echo %F | sed 's/\\ \\//,file:\\/\\/\\//g'`'"

Of course make sure that you use the correct path to your thunderbird bin file.

Should do the trick ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ASID wrote:
Seven years later and someone is still using my script?!
:D


your script will ever be my number one!! our staff members used it a thausand times!

ok, your new code works perfectly!

thank you very much!
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