unix mail : sender/reply to


 
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Im currently working on modifying a unix script called email maker which basically creates emails on a regular basis using the unix Mail.
Question: Is there a way to changed the value of the reply to and sender fields? Can I hard code values on these fields? How?
Thanks in advance.
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Yes, maybe. Most UNIX-based mail utilites have ways to change this. What is the exact name of the mail utility you are using or planning to use and the platform? Some are more flexible than others. I know you can do this with both sendmail() and elm(). Not sure about mail.

Here is part of the man page for mailx on linux (mail):

Quote:
MAIL(1) System Reference Manual MAIL(1)

NAME
mail - send and receive mail

SYNOPSIS
mail [-iInv] [-s subject] [-c cc-addr] [-b bcc-addr] to-addr...
mail [-iInNv] -f [name]
mail [-iInNv] [-u user]
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platform is Unix Sun

mail function in /usr/ucb/Mail
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Is there any particular reason you are using that version of mail() and non another command line mail utility?

OBTW: The way I do what you are trying to do is to use the fact that most mailers (elm, mail, sendmail, etc.) will read header syntax in the body of the message and extract that information. I have done this many times in the past. Unfortunately I don't have examples in front of me today.

The basic idea is that these mailers will scan the message for "RFC 822 header keywords" like the ones you are wanting to use and that becomes part of the outgoing message header. Works great! I just don't have the information in front of me to give the exact syntax. I have seen this in the documentation, but can't remember (off hand) what exact document to point you to.

[Edited by Neo on 11-15-2000 at 07:49 PM]
 

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