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BINMAIL(1)									       BINMAIL(1)

       binmail - send or receive mail among users

       /bin/mail [ + ] [ -i ] [ person ] ...
       /bin/mail [ + ] [ -i ] -f file

       Note:  This  is	the  old version 7 UNIX system mail program.  The default mail command is
       described in Mail(1), and its binary is in the directory /usr/ucb.

       mail with no argument prints a user's  mail,  message-by-message,  in  last-in,	first-out
       order;  the  optional  argument + displays the mail messages in first-in, first-out order.
       For each message, it reads a line from the standard input to  direct  disposition  of  the

	      Go on to next message.

       d      Delete message and go on to the next.

       p      Print message again.

       -      Go back to previous message.

       s [ file ] ...
	      Save the message in the named files (`mbox' default).

       w [ file ] ...
	      Save the message, without a header, in the named files (`mbox' default).

       m [ person ] ...
	      Mail the message to the named persons (yourself is default).

       EOT (control-D)
	      Put unexamined mail back in the mailbox and stop.

       q      Same as EOT.

	      Escape to the Shell to do command.

       *      Print a command summary.

       An  interrupt  normally	terminates  the  mail  command;  the mail file is unchanged.  The
       optional argument -i tells mail to continue after interrupts.

       When persons are named, mail takes the standard input up to an end-of-file (or a line with
       just  `.')   and  adds  it  to  each person's `mail' file.  The message is preceded by the
       sender's name and a postmark.  Lines that look like postmarks are prepended with  `>'.	A
       person  is  usually a user name recognized by login(1).	To denote a recipient on a remote
       system, prefix person by the system name and exclamation mark (see uucp(1C)).

       The -f option causes the named file, for example, `mbox', to be printed as if it were  the
       mail file.

       When a user logs in he is informed of the presence of mail.

       /etc/passwd	      to identify sender and locate persons
       /usr/spool/mail/*      incoming mail for user *
       mbox		      saved mail
       /tmp/ma* 	      temp file
       /usr/spool/mail/*.lock lock for mail directory
       dead.letter	      unmailable text

       Mail(1), write(1), uucp(1C), uux(1C), xsend(1), sendmail(8)

       Race conditions sometimes result in a failure to remove a lock file.

       Normally  anybody  can read your mail, unless it is sent by xsend(1).  An installation can
       overcome this by making mail a set-user-id command that owns the mail directory.

7th Edition				  April 29, 1985			       BINMAIL(1)
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