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# This script reads a block of message headers on stdin, and converts them
# to an emacs-lisp string (quoting  all dangerous characters) and then 
# uses the `gnudoit' program to cause a running Emacs process to invoke
# the `bbdb-srv' function with that string.
# This has the effect of causing the running Emacs to display the BBDB
# record corresponding to these headers.
# See the Emacs side of things in bbdb-srv.el for more info.
# A trivial application of this is the shell command:
#    echo 'From: Jamie Zawinski <>' | bbdb-srv.perl
# which will cause the corresponding record to be displayed.
# A more interesting application of this is:
#    setenv NS_MSG_DISPLAY_HOOK bbdb-srv.perl
# which will hook BBDB up to Mozilla (Unix Netscape Mail and Netscape News
# versions 3.0b2 and later only.)
#	-- Jamie Zawinski <>, 25-apr-96

# spawn in the background and return to the caller immediately.
if (fork == 0) { exit 0; }

$str="(bbdb-srv \"";
  # quote most shell metacharacters with backslash.
  # but quote ' as \047
  # and just for kicks, turn newlines into \n
#  s/\n/\\n/g;

  $str = $str.$_;

exec "gnudoit", "-q", $str;
exit 0;
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