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Old 12-01-2011
Read and manage mail under Terminal

When opening Terminal window under Mac OS Lion, I have a message saying I've got mail . It seems to be somewhere close to ~/Library/Server/Mail/Data/spool/ but I ignore what command to be typed in order to read it and suppress it later once read.
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Old 12-03-2011
You can use the mail command to read the mail, and while in it use the d option to delete the mail. The mail file is in /var/mail/$LOGNAME, so alternatively you can trash it all by adding this to your .profile:
> /var/mail/$LOGNAME

The only way I could suppress the message completely when opening Terminal, was to run touch ~/.hushlogin once, but that suppresses every login / profile message (including, for example, the MOTD).

In your profile, you can add unset MAILCHECK to prevent any new mail messages appearing while you are using Terminal.


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