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msgchk(1)							    msgchk(1)



NAME

  msgchk - check for messages (only available within the message handling
  system, mh)

SYNOPSIS

  msgchk [-help] [-nodate] [-notify all	|  |  |	mail |	|  | nomail]
  [users ... ]

OPTIONS

  -help
      Prints a list of the valid options for this command.

  -date

  -nodate
      Prints the date when you last read your mail. This is the	default
      behavior of msgchk. The -nodate option can be used of you	do not want
      to print this date.

  -notify all|mail|nomail

  -nonotify all|mail|nomail
      Indicates	under what circumstances msgchk	should produce a message.
      There are	three legal values: all, mail, and nomail. The default is
      -notify all, which reports the status of the maildrop regardless of
      whether it has mail in it	or not.	The -notify mail option	reports	the
      status of	the maildrop only if there is mail waiting. The
      -notify nomail option reports the	status of the maildrop only if there
      is no mail in it.

  -source file
      Specifies	the source which are checked for mail. The only	value allowed
      is file, which is	the user's maildrop. Additional	values are supported
      only for use with	other mail systems.

DESCRIPTION

  The msgchk program checks all	known mail drops for mail that is waiting for
  you. It displays whether you have mail waiting to be read or not and shows
  the date that	you last read your mail.

  You can check	other user's maildrops by specifying their user	names as the
  users	argument on the	command	line.








RESTRICTIONS

  msgchk does not understand the $MAILDROP environmental variable. If mail is
  fetched from a location other	than /usr/spool/mail/$USER, msgchk will	not
  be able to determine if new mail has arrived.	However, inc can still be
  used to fetch	mail when it arrives.

  For this version, the	-source	option only supports the value file. Addi-
  tional values	are supported for use only with	other mail systems.

EXAMPLES

   1.  This example shows a user Smith checking	his own	maildrop:
	    % msgchk
	    Smith:
		New file source	mail waiting ; last read on
		Tue, 07	Jun 1988 17:21:49 WET

   2.  The next	example	shows a	user checking the maildrops of two other
       local users on the same system, Rabb and	Jones:
	    % msgchk Rabb Jones
	    Rabb:
		No file-source mail waiting ; last read	on
		Tue, 07	Jun 1997 13:22:25 WET
	    Jones:
		New file source	mail waiting ; last read on
		Tue, 07	Jun 1997 17:30:05 WET



FILES

  $HOME/.mh_profile
      The user profile.

  /usr/lib/mh/mtstailor
      The system customization file.

  /usr/spool/mail/$USER
      The user's maildrop.

SEE ALSO

  inc(1)