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

     biff -- be notified if mail arrives and who it is from

     biff [ny]

     biff informs the system whether you want to be notified when mail arrives during the current
     terminal session.

     Options supported by biff:

     n	   Disables notification.

     y	   Enables notification.

     When mail notification is enabled, the header and first few lines of the message will be
     printed on your screen whenever mail arrives.  A ``biff y'' command is often included in the
     file .login or .profile to be executed at each login.

     biff operates asynchronously.  For synchronous notification use the MAIL variable of sh(1)
     or the mail variable of csh(1).

     csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), comsat(8)

     The biff command appeared in 4.0BSD.

BSD					   June 6, 1993 				      BSD
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