biff(1B) SunOS/BSD Compatibility Package Commands biff(1B)NAME
biff - give notice of incoming mail messages
/usr/ucb/biff [y | n]
biff turns mail notification on or off for the terminal session. With no arguments, biff displays the current notification status for the
If notification is allowed, the terminal rings the bell and displays the header and the first few lines of each arriving mail message. biff
operates asynchronously. For synchronized notices, use the MAIL variable of sh(1) or the mail variable of csh(1).
A `biff y' command can be included in your ~/.login or ~/.profile file for execution when you log in.
y Allow mail notification for the terminal.
n Disable notification for the terminal.
~/.login User's login file
~/.profile User's profile file
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
|Availability |SUNWscpu |
SEE ALSO csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), attributes(5)SunOS 5.11 14 Sep 1992 biff(1B)
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BIFF(1) BSD General Commands Manual BIFF(1)NAME
biff -- be notified if mail arrives and who it is from
biff [n | y | b]
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).
The biff utility exits with one of the following values:
0 Notification is enabled.
1 Notification is disabled.
>1 An error occurred.
Previous versions of the biff utility affected the terminal attached to standard error without first trying the standard input or output
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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