I am not great at using the
/usr/bin/mail and when I start it is tells me that it is
Version 8.1.2 01/15/2001.
When I type
list it tells me
Commands are: next, alias, print, type, Type, Print, visual, top, touch, preserve, delete, dp, dt, undelete, unset, mail, mbox, pipe, |, more, page, More, Page, unread, Unread, !, copy, chdir, cd, save, source, set, shell, version, group, write, from, file, folder, folders, ?, z, headers, help, =, Reply, Respond, reply, respond, edit, echo, quit, list, xit, exit, size, hold, if, else, endif, alternates, ignore, discard, retain, saveignore, savediscard, saveretain, core, #, inc, new
If I type in
? it tells me this:
Mail Command Description ------------------------- -------------------------------------------- t [message list] type message(s). n goto and type next message. e [message list] edit message(s). f [message list] give head lines of messages. d [message list] delete message(s). s [message list] <file> append message(s) to file. u [message list] undelete message(s). R [message list] reply to message sender(s). r [message list] reply to message sender(s) and all recipients. p [message list] print message list. pre [message list] make messages go back to /var/mail. m <recipient list> mail to specific recipient(s). q quit, saving unresolved messages in mbox. x quit, do not remove system mailbox. h print out active message headers. ! shell escape. | [msglist] command pipe message(s) to shell command. pi [msglist] command pipe message(s) to shell command. cd [directory] chdir to directory or home if none given fi <file> switch to file (%=system inbox, %user=user's system inbox). + searches in your folder directory for the file. set variable[=value] set Mail variable.
z and it shows me the end of the list of messages - but that command is not showing up in the
? help page.
My biggest questions are:
- What program is this?
- How can I learn it better? Are there some links to tutorials?
- MOST IMPORTANTLY How can I get back to the message list after I run another command (or refresh the message list, or move up and down in the message list??)
- What are the most command commands, or what are the most helpful tricks to using it?
- What is the opposite command of
zfor scroll down the list page by page?
Clarification: I'm asking about how to use the interactive program and not the scriptable command - i.e. what happens when you just type