So I wanted to use the mail-notification package, but due to licensing conflicts the package in the repository has ssl/tls support disabled. There are several ways around this (such as forwarding the mail to your local machine), but I wanted to get it running with ssl/tls support so I decided to rebuild from the source.
sudo apt-get source mail-notification
then change to the directory
then attempt to satisfy dependencies
sudo apt-get build-dep mail-notification
we also need the ssl development package
sudo aptitude install libssl-dev
then edit the compile options in the `debian/rules' file to read
# DEB_CONFIGURE_EXTRA_FLAGS += --disable-ssl --with-gconf-schema-file-dir=/usr/share/gconf/schemas DEB_CONFIGURE_EXTRA_FLAGS += --with-gconf-schema-file-dir=/usr/share/gconf/schemas
(we've simply removed the --disable-ssl option).
fakeroot debian/rules binary
and mail-notification should be installed with ssl/tls support.