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MAIL.LOCAL

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NAME

mail.local - store mail in a mailbox  

SYNOPSIS

mail.local [-f from ] user ...  

DESCRIPTION

Mail.local reads the standard input up to an end-of-file and appends it to each user's mail file. The user must be a valid user name.

The options are as follows:

-f from
Specify the sender's name.

Individual mail messages in the mailbox are delimited by an empty line followed by a line beginning with the string ``From ''. A line containing the string ``From '', the sender's name and a time stamp is prepended to each delivered mail message. A blank line is appended to each message. A greater-than character (``>'') is prepended to any line in the message which could be mistaken for a ``From '' delimiter line (that is, a line beginning with the five characters ``From '' following a blank line).

The mail files are exclusively locked with flock(2) while mail is appended, and a user.lock file also is created while the mailbox is locked for compatibility with older MUAs.

If the ``biff'' service is returned by getservbyname(3), the biff server is notified of delivered mail.

The mail.local utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.  

ENVIRONMENT

TZ
Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.

 

FILES

/tmp/local.XXXXXX
temporary files
/var/mail/user
user's mailbox directory
/var/mail/user.lock
lock file for a user's mailbox

 

SEE ALSO

mail(1), xsend(1), flock(2), getservbyname(3), comsat(8), sendmail(8)  

HISTORY

A superset of mail.local (handling mailbox reading as well as mail delivery) appeared in At v7 . as the program mail


 

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