View Full Version : [ubuntu] email in terminal for purposes of a text based adventure game

July 12th, 2011, 02:47 AM
I promise if you help me solve this, you'll get to beta test this.

I want to create a text based adventure game that interfaces over gmail. I'm in the process of writing a java program that will take text input, and return text output. But before I can do that, I need to find a way to use something like nail, mailx, or if absolutely necessary evolution, to import emails from gmail and pipe them into this java program.

I want to do all of this independent of a GUI, so any solutions that use mailx or nail, and not evolution, would be especially appreciated.

July 12th, 2011, 06:06 AM
Why bother with that - you can already play Zork for free http://www.ifiction.org/games/play.phpz?cat=&game=3&mode=html greatest text-based game ever.

July 12th, 2011, 06:10 AM
LoL this is spectacular:

>hit door with fist
I don't know the word "fist".

>hit door with hand
I've known strange people, but fighting a door?

July 12th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Regarding the OP's actual request....

Take a look at fetchmail; it might work for you. It's designed to poll remote IMAP/POP mailboxes and deliver the messages it finds to local accounts. If you need some additional routing for messages, look into using procmail as your mail delivery agent.