Hack: Mail Filter – Shell Script

This is an attempt by me to filter mails on a Linux machine. You can run this file on your home directory at mail server and it will help you to sort mails on the basis of

  • From which user the mail has come or from which domain it came,
  • to which user or domain mail was sent and
  • the keywords in the subject part of the mail.

Actually its very slow as shell is very slow , I cant help it . It scan your entire mbox file in the home directory by default. Copy the code and paste in a file say filter.sh and change its permissions to executable. Place it in you home directory at the mail server and run.

Example
You want to see all mails from username@gmail.com just run and it will ask for input,
press 1
From: username [Enter]
It will display all the mails from that are lying there in your mbox one by one.

Get the script here or copy the code below.

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#!/bin/bash
#################################
#   Author - Kulbir Saini       #
#   Home - http://sain.ico.in/  #
#################################
 
#shell script to filter mails.
echo -e -n "\033[32mWelcome to the mail filter system \nWhat do you want to do? \nCheck mails on basis of \n1) Sender... \n2) Receiver... \n3) Subject... \n4) Quit... \nPress(1,2,3,4): \033[0m"
read int <&2
while [[ 1 ]];do
while [[ 1 ]];do
count=0;	line=""
if [[ $int == 1 ]];then
	echo -n -e "\033[32mFrom:\033[0m "
	read from <&2
	i=0
	clear
	while read line ;do
	loopbreak=0;	nextmessagestatus=1;	mailtostatus=1;		mailsubstatus=1;	stat=1;
	toecho=`echo $line | grep -E "^From:+" | grep -E "${from}"`
	if [ "$toecho" != "" ];then
		i=`expr $i + 1`
		echo -e "${toecho}"
		while read line ; do
		mailto=`echo $line | grep -E "^To:+"`
		mailsub=`echo $line | grep -E "^Subject:+"`
		if [[ "$mailto" != "" ]] && [[ $mailtostatus == 1 ]];then
			echo $mailto
			mailtostatus=0
		fi
		if [[ "$mailsub" != "" ]] && [[ $mailsubstatus == 1 ]];then
			echo $mailsub
			mailsubstatus=0
		fi
		if [[ $mailtostatus == 0 ]] && [[ $mailsubstatus == 0 ]] && [[ $stat == 1 ]];then
			echo -e "\033[33mStarting of the Message${i}:\033[0m"
			stat=0
		fi
		fromstatus=`echo $line | grep -E "^X-UID:+"`
			if [[ $fromstatus != "" ]];then
			while read line; do
				loopstatus=`echo $line | grep -E "^From +"`
				if [[ $loopstatus != "" ]];then
				loopbreak=1
				break
				fi
				echo $line
			done
			if [[ $loopbreak == 1 ]];then
			echo -e -n "\033[33mEnd of the Message${i}.\nDisplay next message(y/n):\033[0m"
			read messagestatus <&2
			if [[ "$messagestatus" == "y" ]];then
				clear
			else
				nextmessagestatus=0
			fi
			break
			fi
			fi
		done
		count=`expr $count + 1`
	fi
	if [[ $nextmessagestatus == 0 ]];then
		break
	fi
	done
	if [[ $count == 0 ]];then
		echo -e "\033[32mNo mail(s) From: ${from}.\n\033[0m"
	else
		echo -e "\033[32mTotal $count mail(s) From: ${from}.\n\033[0m"
	fi
elif [[ $int == 2 ]];then
	echo -n -e "\033[32mTo: \033[0m"
	read to <&2
	i=0
	clear
	while read line ;do
	loopbreak=0;	nextmessagestatus=1
	toecho=`echo $line | grep -E "^To:+" | grep -E "${to}"`
	if [[ "$toecho" != "" ]];then
		echo -e "$toecho"
		i=`expr $i + 1`
		while read line; do
			tostatus=`echo $line | grep -E "^X-UID:+"`
			if [[ $tostatus != "" ]];then
			echo -e "\033[33mStarting of the Message${i}:\033[0m"
			while read line; do
				loopstatus=`echo $line | grep -E "^From +"`
				if [[ $loopstatus != "" ]];then
				loopbreak=1
				break
				fi
				echo $line
			done
			if [[ $loopbreak == 1 ]];then
			echo -e -n "\033[33mEnd of the Message${i}. \nDisplay next message(y/n): \033[0m"
			read messagestatus <&2
			if [[ $messagestatus == "y" ]];then
				clear
			else
				nextmessagestatus=0
			fi
			break
			fi
			fi
		done
		count=`expr $count + 1`
	fi
	if [[ $nextmessagestatus == 0 ]];then
		break
	fi
	done
	if [[ $count == 0 ]];then
		echo -e "\033[32mNo mail(s) to: ${to}.\n\033[0m"
	else 
		echo -e "\033[32mTotal $count mail(s) To: ${to}.\n\033[0m"
	fi
elif [[ $int == 3 ]];then
	echo -n -e "\033[32mSubject:\033[0m "
 
	read subject <&2
	clear
	i=0
	while read line ;do
	loopbreak=0;	nextmessagestatus=1
	toecho=`echo $line | grep -E "^Subject:+" | grep -E "${subject}"`
	if [[ "$toecho" != "" ]];then
		echo "$toecho"
		i=`expr $i + 1`
		while read line; do
		substatus=`echo $line | grep -E "^X-UID:+"`
		if [[ $substatus != "" ]];then
		echo -e "\033[33mStarting of the Message${i}:\033[0m"
		while read line ; do
			loopstatus=`echo $line | grep -E "^From +"`
			if [[ $loopstatus != "" ]];then
			loopbreak=1
			break
			fi
			echo $line
		done
		if [[ $loopbreak == 1 ]];then
		echo -e -n "\033[33mEnd of the message${i}. \nDisplay next message(y/n): \033[0m"
		read messagestatus <&2
		if [[ $messagestatus == "y" ]];then
			clear
		else
			nextmessagestatus=0
		fi
		break
		fi
		fi
		done
		count=`expr $count + 1`
	fi
	if [[ $nextmessagestatus == 0 ]];then
		break
	fi
	done
	if [[ $count == 0 ]];then
		echo -e "\033[32mNo mail(s) with Subject: ${subject}.\n\033[0m"
	else
		echo -e "\033[32mTotal $count mail(s) with Subject: ${subject}.\033[0m\n"
	fi
elif [[ $int == 4 ]];then
	echo -e "\033[32mThank you for using this utility. \nPlease visit again.\033[0m"
	exit
else
	echo -e "\033[32mI could not understand that. \nPlease try again.\033[0m\n"
fi
echo -e -n "\033[32m1) Sender... \n2) Receiver... \n3) Subject... \n4) Quit... \nPress(1,2,3,4):\033[0m "
read int <&2
break
done < mbox 
done
 

How To: Troubleshoot SCP Command

Some times we face problems in transferring the data from one machine to other machine using scp. Actually the scp command is executed successfully but the data is not transferred. As the .bashrc and not the .bash_profile file of the system to which the data is being transferred is executed. If the .bashrc of the remote system contains any command or executable which output some data to the standard output then that command is executed and the output is flushed on the local machine and the scp command is terminated and data is not transferred.

For example if the remote machine has any ‘echo’ or ‘nfrm’ command in .bashrc file, the scp of the data will not be possible.
Also suppose the remote machine has a lines in .bashrc like this

./test.sh

where test.sh contains the data as below:-

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#/usr/bin/sh
echo "Kulbir Saini"

Then also the scp will not be possible.

So if you are facing such problems please try to remove such lines from your .bashrc file and scp the data you want.
Anyway you can keep those lines in your .bash_profile because it is not executed while transferring the data.

Please report any other cases in which scp is not possible.

 

How To: Remote Desktop to Windows Machine from Linux

If you know IP of a windows system and also you have a username and password. Then you can easily work in windows environment of that system from a Linux desktop provided that the remote system is switched on and is booted in windows. Also no one is logged in on that pc because only one person can access the pc at a time through this procedure.

There is a simple command u can launch from a linux terminal and that is..

[kulbirsaini@localhost ~] rdesktop -f  [IP address of the remote system]   [Enter]

e.g

[kulbirsaini@localhost ~] rdesktop -f 222.36.226.30 [Enter]

The full screen mode will appear and will ask for your username and password. Enter your password and experience that u r working in windows…

To return to the Linux press [ctrl-alt-enter] or go to the start menu and click disconnect. If this doesn’t work and you get some errors. Then you have to do some setting on the pc you want to access. Go to the pc and boot in windows and login as privileged user who has administrative privileges. Now click start and open my computer and go one directory up. Now right click on the my computer icon and click on properties. A new window will appear and on that window click remote and make sure that there is tick mark on the option “Allow users to connect remotely.”

 

How To: Yahoo Messenger on Teaching Lab Machines

Though the pcs in the labs are not having any support for applications except terminal or command line, Linux version of yahoo messenger can be opened there. This is a step by step procedure.

Step 1

Open two terminals and through one of them logon on to your mirage server account because that supports the Gaim(Linux version of yahoo messenger).

Step 2

Now I will call the terminal in which you are logged into mirage as remote machine and the terminal of the machine at which you are working as local machine.
At your local machine execute these commands.

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[kulbir@localhost ~] xhost + [Enter]
access control disabled, clients can connect from any host

The messege displayed above should appear otherwise you may have problems.

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[kulbir@localhost ~] /sbin/ifconfig [Enter]
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:2F:57:C5:9D
inet addr:372.12.226.25  Bcast:122.12.226.123  Mask:212.223.345.138
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1520  Metric:1
RX packets:136851 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:82928 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:71106959 (67.8 Mb)  TX bytes:40997603 (39.0 Mb)
Interrupt:10
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:122.4.4.1  Mask:252.2.2.1
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:11436  Metric:1
RX packets:46123 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:46123 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:22001021 (20.9 Mb)  TX bytes:22001021 (20.9 Mb)

The address against inet_addr in 3rd line is the IP address of your local machine.

Step 3

Now switch to your remote machine terminal and issue the following commands…

[kulbir@server ~] export DISPLAY=[IP address]:0.0  [Enter]

e.g.

[kulbirsaini@server ~] export DISPLAY=222.26.36.5:0.0 [Enter]

If no error comes, means things are going fine.

[kulbir@server ~] xterm [Enter]

Now also if no error comes and a new teminal appears then you are ready to open the gaim.
Issue this command on the new appeared terminal

[kulbir@server ~] gaim [Enter]

yahoo messenger will appear and now you are ready to chat.
Add your account to the messenger and chat 😀

 

How To: Recover/Crack Root Password when Grub is Locked

The only essential thing is that you should have a Linux boot CD of the same operating system for which you want to crack root password. Some other Linux boot CD may work in some cases. If system is able to boot from the CD, it will take you to a command prompt as shown.

boot:

Type ‘linux rescue’ at this command prompt and enter as shown

boot: linux rescue [Enter]

It will take you to some interface with some questions, answer them properly. The system will go to temporary command prompt. Then issue the following commands

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[bash$] chroot /mnt/sysimage [Enter]
[bash$] cd /boot/grub [Enter]
[bash$] vi menu.lst [Enter]

Now in this file you can see a line beginning with the word ‘password’ remove this line and save the file.

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[bash$]exit
[bash$]exit

Now system will be rebooted and you can see the grub without a password. Don’t forget to remove the CD.

Press ‘e’ at boot screen and again by taking the pointer to the second line press e. Now you can see yourself on a command prompt. Remove ‘rhgb quiet’ from there and write single and press enter.

Now you will come back to the boot screen. Press ‘b’ and system will appear to boot and leave you in command line interface like this.

-bash2-$

Just type passwd like this

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-bash2-$ passwd [Enter]
new password:
retype new password:
passwd: All authentication updated successfully.

Now you have set a new password. Now exit from the shell and system will boot properly in graphical interface.

-bash2-$ exit [Enter]

If there is any error in the procedure please post your suggestions.

 

Hack: Graphical Implementation of CP Command

To use this graphical interface do as directed below:

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#!/bin/bash
##############################
# Author - Kulbir Saini      #
# Home - http://saini.co.in/ #
##############################
 
if [ $1 == -i ] || [ $1 == -f ];then          
	if [ ! -s $2 ] && [ ! -f $2 ] && [ ! -d $2 ];then
		dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "file:$2 doesn't exist.\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
	elif [ ! $3 ];then
		dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "Invalid arguements...\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
	elif [ -d $3 ];then
		dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "$3: is a directory.\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
	elif [ -d $2 ];then
		dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "$2: is a directory.\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
	elif [ -s $3 -o -f $3 ];then
		dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --yesno "Do you want to overwrite file:$3" 10 60;
		select=$?
		case $select in 
			0) echo -e "i'm ordered to overwrite file:$3 \noverwriting...\noverwritten file:$3" ; cp -f $2 $3 ;;
			1) echo "i'm ordered not to overwrite.";;
			255) echo "cancelled by you by pressing [Esc].";;
		esac
	else
		dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --yesno "Do you want to copy the file:$2 to file:$3" 10 60 ;
		select1=$?
		case $select1 in
			0) echo -e "i'm ordered to copy file:$2 to file:$3 \ncopying...\ncopied to file:$3" ; cp $2 $3 ;;
			1) echo "i'm ordered not to copy.";;
			255) echo "cancelled by you by pressing [Esc].";;
		esac
	fi
elif [ ! -s $1 ] && [ ! -f $1 ] && [ ! -d $1 ];then
	dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "file:$1 doesn't exist.\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
elif [ ! $2 ];then
	dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "Invalid arguements...\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
elif [ -d $2 ];then
	dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "$2: is a directory.\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
elif [ -d $1 ];then
	dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --infobox "$1: is a directory.\nCan't copy...\nPress any key..." 5 30; read
elif [ -s $2 -o -f $2 ];then
	dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --yesno "Do you want to overwrite file:$2" 10 60;
	select=$?
	case $select in 
		0) echo -e "i'm ordered to overwrite file:$2 \noverwriting...\noverwritten file:$2" ; cp -f $1 $2 ;;
		1) echo "i'm ordered not to overwrite.";;
		255) echo "cancelled by you by pressing [Esc].";;
	esac
else
	dialog --title "Copy daemon" --backtitle "copy:" --yesno "Do you want to copy the file:$1 to file:$2" 10 60 ;
	select1=$?
	case $select1 in
		0) echo -e "i'm ordered to copy file:$1 to file:$2 \ncopying...\ncopied to file:$2" ; cp $1 $2 ;;
		1) echo "i'm ordered not to copy.";;
		255) echo "cancelled by you by pressing [Esc].";;
	esac
fi

1. Get the script here .

2. Move it to a file named ‘copy’.

3. Create a director ‘bin’ in your home directory.

4. Write

export PATH=$PATH:${HOME }/bin/

to your ~/.bashrc file.

5. Execute .bashrc by issuing

[saini@localhost ~]# . .bashrc

6. If you want to copy a file foo.txt to bar.txt then do it as

[saini@localhost ~]# copy foo.txt bar.txt [Enter]

Done.