Reading Email with mail

Reading Email with mail

In general, using mail is a bit less intuitive than using either pine or mutt; however, reading email with mail is particularlyumchallenging. Although we'd recommend using another program to read email if at all possible, here are the steps for reading email with mail if you're daring enough or if you have no other options. Figure 11.12 illustrates this fairly quick task.

Figure 11.12. The mail screen is anything but intuitive, but you can see the messages you have.

To read email with mail:



Type mail at the shell prompt. You'll get a list of messages and a prompt (Figure 11.12).



Type the number of the message you want to read and press .


Marvelous...he's such a jerk...oh, thats neat....

Read your messages. Press to move to the next message, or more to page through the message a screen at a time.


Press to quit mail when you're ready.


  • If somebody really long-winded sends you a long message, your Unix system might just zip the message on by, leaving you reading only the bottom few lines. To read the message in its entirety, either type more to page through the message, or type s followed by the message number, followed by the file name (s 18 message-in-a-file) to save it to a file, then use the editor of your choice read it.

  • Type h followed by a message number to see different message headers. For example, type h 117 to see the messages leading up to number 117.

  • Find a different mail program if at all possibleit's useful to be able to cope with mail for times of need, but it's not a good long-term solution.

Unix(c) Visual Quickstart Guide
UNIX, Third Edition
ISBN: 0321442458
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 251

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