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Top Forums UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers biff Post 16716 by informshilpa on Wednesday 6th of March 2002 06:23:13 AM
Old 03-06-2002
sorry for confusing....
we are porting a well developed software from Compaq to HP. In one script i found biff n.but when i run the script on HP it is showing biff:not found. there is no manual help for biff for HP.So i searched for a command by which i can replace biff n. i got a command which is quite similar,(newmail),but there is no option which can replace 'n' option there...pls help.
thank you,
shilpa
 

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BIFF(1) 						    BSD General Commands Manual 						   BIFF(1)

NAME
biff -- be notified if mail arrives and who it is from SYNOPSIS
biff [n | y | b] DESCRIPTION
The biff utility informs the system whether you want to be notified on your terminal when mail arrives. Affected is the first terminal associated with the standard input, standard output or standard error file descriptor, in that order. Thus, it is possible to use the redirection facilities of a shell to toggle the notification for other terminals than the one biff runs on. The following options are available: n Disable notification. y Enable header notification. b Enable bell notification. When header notification is enabled, the header and first few lines of the message will be printed on your terminal whenever mail arrives. A ``biff y'' command is often included in the file .login or .profile to be executed at each login. When bell notification is enabled, only two bell characters (ASCII 07) will be printed on your terminal whenever mail arrives. If no arguments are given, biff displays the present notification status of the terminal to the standard output. The biff utility operates asynchronously. For synchronous notification use the MAIL variable of sh(1) or the mail variable of csh(1). DIAGNOSTICS
The biff utility exits with one of the following values: 0 Notification is enabled. 1 Notification is disabled. >1 An error occurred. COMPATIBILITY
Previous versions of the biff utility affected the terminal attached to standard error without first trying the standard input or output devices. SEE ALSO
csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), comsat(8) HISTORY
The biff command appeared in 4.0BSD. It was named after the dog of Heidi Stettner. He died in August 1993, at 15. BSD
July 9, 2002 BSD

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