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MAIL.LOCAL(8)             BSD System Manager's Manual            MAIL.LOCAL(8)

NAME
     mail.local -- store mail in a mailbox

SYNOPSIS
     mail.local [-l] [-f from] user ...

DESCRIPTION
     mail.local reads the standard input up to an end-of-file and appends it
     to each user's mail file.  The user must be a valid user name.

     The options are as follows:

     -f from  Specify the sender's name.

     -l       Request that username.lock files be used for locking.

     Individual mail messages in the mailbox are delimited by an empty line
     followed by a line beginning with the string ``From ''.  A line contain-
     ing the string ``From '', the sender's name and a time stamp is prepended
     to each delivered mail message.  A blank line is appended to each mes-
     sage.  A greater-than character (``>'') is prepended to any line in the
     message which could be mistaken for a ``From '' delimiter line.

     If the [-l] flag is specified mailbox locking is done with username.lock
     files.  Otherwise, the mailbox is exclusively locked with flock(2) while
     mail is appended.

     If the ``biff'' service is returned by getservbyname(3), the biff server
     is notified of delivered mail.

     The mail.local utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

ENVIRONMENT
     TZ      Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.

FILES
     /tmp/local.XXXXXX  temporary files
     /var/mail/user     user's mailbox directory

SEE ALSO
     mail(1), flock(2), getservbyname(3), comsat(8), sendmail(8)

HISTORY
     A superset of mail.local (handling mailbox reading as well as mail deliv-
     ery) appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX as the program mail(1).

BSD                            December 11, 1993                           BSD