This command starts up the mail utility and prints a summary line for each email message currently in your mail box. There is now a new prompt (&), at which you can enter any of the mail commands. The output looks something like this:
You can show the full content of a particular message by entering the message number. For example, the following command displays the content of the second message:
Mail version 8.1.2 01/15/2001. Type ? for help. "/var/mail/jhaas": 2 messages 2 unread >U 1 jhaas@beethoven Sun Nov 11 15:31 17/500 test2 U 2 jhaas@beethoven Sun Nov 11 15:34 17/500 test4 &
You can reply to this message by entering "r" and hitting the return key:
This will display the automatically generated "To" and "Subject" fields of the message, and will allow you to type in your message. When you are finished you hit Ctrl-d to exit the editor. The system then gives you the option specify "Cc" recepients. Hitting "return" will send the message off.
To send a message to a particular recipient you type "mail" followed by the email address of the recepient:
As in the case of "reply", this will display the automatically generated "To" and "Subject" fields of the message, and will allow you to type in and send your message.
& mail email@example.com
You can get a list of all the commands with:
This command lists all commands you can use in this mail utility:
Commands are: next, alias, print, type, Type, Print, visual, top, touch, preserve, delete, dp, dt, undelete, unset, mail, mbox, pipe, |, more, page, More, Page, unread, !, copy, chdir, cd, save, source, set, shell, version, group, write, from, file, folder, folders, ?, z, headers, help, =, Reply, Respond, reply, respond, edit, echo, quit, list, xit, exit, size, hold, if, else, endif, alternates, ignore, discard, retain, saveignore, savediscard, saveretain, core, #, inc, new
Complete syntax of the command: mail