mail.local - store mail in a mailbox
] [-f from
] [-h filename
] user ...
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
The options are as follows:
- Do not advertise 8BITMIME support in LMTP mode.
- Turn off the attempts to notify the ``biff'' service.
- Return a permanent error instead of a temporary error if a mailbox exceeds
- Specify this is a delivery (for backward compatibility). This option has
- -D mbdb
- Specify the name of the mailbox database which is used to look up local
recipient names. This option defaults to "pw", which means use
- -f from
- Specify the sender's name.
- Turn on LMTP mode.
- Turn off the fsync(2) call that forces the mailbox to be committed to disk
before returning a "success" status.
- -r from
- Specify the sender's name (for backward compatibility). Same as -f.
- -h filename
- Store incoming mail in filename in the user's home directory
instead of a system mail spool directory.
The next options are only available if mail.local
has been compiled with
- -H hashtypehashdepth
- Select hashed mail directories. Valid hash types are u for user
name and m for MD5 (requires compilation with -DHASHSPOOLMD5).
Example: -H u2 selects user name hashing with a hash depth
of 2. Note: there must be no space between the hash type and the
- -p path
- Specify an alternate mail spool path.
- Specify that the domain part of recipient addresses in LMTP mode should
not be stripped.
Individual mail messages in the mailbox are delimited by an empty line followed
by a line beginning with the string ``From ''. A line containing 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 message. A greater-than
character (``>'') is prepended to any line in the message which could be
mistaken for a ``From '' delimiter line (that is, a line beginning with the
five characters ``From '' following a blank line).
The mail files are exclusively locked with flock(2) while mail is appended, and
file also is created while the mailbox is locked for
compatibility with older MUAs.
If the ``biff'' service is returned by getservbyname(3), the biff server is
notified of delivered mail.
utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
- Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.
- temporary files
- user's default mailbox directory
- lock file for a user's default mailbox
mail(1), flock(2), getservbyname(3), comsat(8), sendmail(8)
escapes only "^From " lines that follow an empty
line. If all lines starting with "From " should be escaped, use the
'E' flag for the local mailer in the sendmail.cf file.
A superset of mail.local
(handling mailbox reading as well as mail
delivery) appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX as the program