Is there a way to get Gmail to notify me when it is unable to retrieve mail from my other accounts?

I have Gmail checking several accounts (under Settings → Accounts & Import), but on occasion it fails to connect to a web server (usually because that server is down).

If I go into Settings → Accounts & Import there is a red warning message that it failed, but I may not notice this for hours or days.

Is there any way to get some kind of warning on the main page of Gmail? It could be a message box or an email.

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    Good question - this has bugged me for a while. I get my old dial-up ISP's email (haven't used the dial-up in 5 years!) through my GApps account and it was failing for 2 months before I noticed!
    – Shevek
    Jul 2, 2010 at 17:09
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    Great question - this happens to me all the time with my University account. Jul 8, 2010 at 22:05

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It may be useful a apps-script that daily monitors the dates of the last messages received in a label associated with an imported account . For instance:

  • create al label for each imported account.
  • daily check this labels and get the date of last message received.
  • Send yourself an email if the date is too far from now.

It does!


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    -1 That only appears if you have the Labs "Refresh POP accounts" switched on and have manually refreshed. It does not appear after a failed automatic, background POP download.
    – Shevek
    Jul 2, 2010 at 17:06

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