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26.6 Mail programs, mail, Mail, Columbia mm, elm, etc.

These and other programs are used to read and send mail messages. Generally when invoked they bring the user's mail from the system mail spool, /var/spool/mail/username (SunOS 4.1.X) or /usr/mail/username (SunOS 5.X) and put it into a mailbox in the individuals home directory, usually named mbox. They can also read mail from mbox and other named files. Startup files are .mailrc for mail and mailtool, .mmrc for Columbia mm, and .elm/elmrc for elm. These customize the mail environment for the user. Should a user wish to have mail forwarded from this machine to another, the user can create the file, .forward, in their home directory containing the intended address, e.g.:


This file should be readable by all and not have the execute bits set (e.g. mode 644).

Unix System Administration - 8 AUG 1996
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