Now that I’ve got steam, I get to be constantly pestered by e-mails sending me keys with which to identify that I am myself. To save a few steps in this annoying, repetitive process I wrote a tiny bash script which finds the key in an e-mail from steam and uses zenity to pop it up on my screen, then added a filter in Evolution Mail to mark these “steam verification” messages as read and pipe them to the pop-up script. This allows me to copy the key with a double-click and paste it into steam with a middle-click, without having to poke around in my mail client for the e-mail and the place where the key is mentioned in it.
In the hope that it saves someone else from this irksomeness, here’s the code for the script:
#/bin/bash # Displays a pop-up showing a Steam activation key piped to it by a MUA. # In the e-mail the steam key is wrapped in <h2> tags # Author: Sion Le Roux <email@example.com> # read e-mail from pipe while read -r line; do # find <h2> buffer=$(echo $line | grep 'h2') if [[ ! -z $buffer ]]; then #strip surrounding <h2> tags steamkey=$(echo $buffer | sed -e 's/<\/\?h2>//g') fi done # display the steam code in a pop-up zenity --info --title="Steam Key" \ --window-icon="/usr/share/pixmaps/steam.png" \ --text="<tt><big><b>$steamkey</b></big></tt>"