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Re: automating the lbdb queries?

On Thu, Oct 31, 2002 at 03:40:02PM +0100, martin f krafft wrote:
> both these methods work with aliases perfectly, now I would like them
> to do the same thing with the query_command.
> i.e.:
>   starting mutt from the command line as
>     mutt pan
>   should execute
>     lbdbq pan
>   and use the resulting line to address the mail to Peter Pan
>   <peter@pan.com>.
> is this possible with mutt? how? 

I haven't used lbdb myself, but generally speaking, this sounds like a
job for bash. how about 

mutt `lbdb pan`

should pass the output of "lbdb pan" as the parameter to mutt, or if the
lbdb command has multiple columns of output, and you want only column 1

mutt `lbdb pan | awk '{print $1}'`

again, not knowing the specifics of lbdb, this might just be a
worthless, ignorant response, but generally speaking, this is a useful
way to pass the result of one program as a parameter to another.

ok, out of curiosity, I just installed the package, and this command
line Works For Me

mutt `lbdbq mrroach | tail -n1 | awk '{print $1}'`

if you then put this function definition in your ~/.bashrc

function mutt {
    /usr/bin/mutt `lbdbq $1 | tail -n1 | awk '{print $1}'`

now you can run "mutt pan" from a shell and have pan automatically
expanded for you. Hey, how bout that, I think I actually answered the
question :) That hardly ever happens.


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