Sending, receiving, reading, composing, sorting, and generally working with email. For the mail(1) command line utility, see the tag /mail-command.

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How do I send HTML email using linux 'mail' command?

mail -s "subject" xxxxx@gmail.com <test.html works, but only for plain text email. What is the correct way to send HTML email using the Linux command mail?
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Can I set up system mail to use an external SMTP server?

Is it possible to set up system mail on a linux box to be sent via a different smtp server - maybe even with authentication? If so, how do I do this? If that's unclear, let give an example. If I'm at ...
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Can I change root's email address or forward it to an external address?

I'm getting a lot of mail in my root user's mail account. This appears to be mostly reports and errors from things like cron scripts. I'm trying to work though and solve these things, possibly even ...
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Lightweight outgoing SMTP server

What do you use as a lightweight SMTP for outgoing e-mails only? I am running an app that sends e-mails via SMTP when events occur once in a while, and I don't need a fully featured e-mail server. ...
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How to remove “You have mail” welcome message

When I open up my terminal it says "you have mail", anyone has any idea of why? I am running OS X, but since it too is based on Unix and relies on files such as bashrc, bash_profile etc. I thought ...
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Is there a program that can send me a notification e-mail when a process finishes?

I am a computational scientist, and I run a lot of lengthy calculations on Linux. Specifically, I run molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the GROMACS package. These simulations can take days ...
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What program do I use to check mail?

I'm receiving "You have mail" messages and according to How to remove “You have mail” welcome message I should read my mail with mail. However I cannot find the command in my system (Ubuntu 10.04 ...
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Are there any alternatives to mutt?

I really like the idea of Mutt, reading mail in the terminal. I'm not really pleased with some inconsistencies and the imap handling. I set about trying to find some alternatives to mutt, but I can't ...
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Understanding /etc/aliases and what it does

These are the contents of '/etc/aliases' file on my Debian (Wheezy) server, as it is: # /etc/aliases mailer-daemon: postmaster postmaster: root nobody: root hostmaster: root usenet: root news: root ...
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How can I configure mutt to display my replies within threads?

While mutt has set sort = threads to show threaded, "conversation" style messages, it doesn't display one's own replies in the threads. Instead, you have to change to the Sent folder to see your own ...
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IMAP mail notifier for window manager/task bar?

I am searching for a small new-email-notifier for IMAP mailboxes that displays it's status in the icon-bar (how do you call it?) of a window manager. Basically some biff/xbiff like tool ported to ...
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Simplest way of forwarding all mail from server? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lightweight outgoing SMTP server I am looking for a minimal mail solution (MTA) for a headless server which generate e-mails for local users and and fully qualified ...
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Spamassassin object method location problems after restart

After spamassassin was restarted by the daily cronjob this morning it's flooding syslog with the following errors: Feb 9 09:24:26 mail spamd[8766]: spamd: got connection over /var/run/spamd.socket ...
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Search for mail content with mutt

Is it possible to use to search for specific mail content using built-in functionality of Mutt? Or, as last resort, how can I configure grep to be used in Mutt ? The documentation only mentions the ...
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How can I customize new mail notification in alpine?

I use alpine as my primary mail reader. While I spend most of my day in the terminal or emacs, it would still be nice to get pretty notification of new mail using notify-bin. Is there any way I can ...
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Gmail blocking mutt

When I try to log in to gmail with mutt, it flashes a quick Webalert with a url, something like accounts.gmail.com or something. It's too quick for me to see or copy it. Then it says Login failed. ...
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Best way to archive attachments?

My saved-messages and sent-mail "folders" (actually Unix MBX files) are huge because of attachments, most of which I've saved to disk anyway. I want to keep the messages, but replace the attachment ...
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A small challenge to familiarize myself with Linux [closed]

I would like to learn more about Linux. I briefly went through a few books and quite a few articles online, but the only way to learn something is to actually start using it. I would like to jump in ...
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“IPv6 support is disabled” warnings

I get the error while running a script which tries to send emails. send-mail: warning: inet_protocols: IPv6 support is disabled: Address family not supported by protocol send-mail: warning: ...
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Unable to use OfflineIMAP to sync Gmail

I'm trying to setup OfflineIMAP to sync my Gmail account to ~/Mail/Gmail. I'm using a pretty basic ~/.offlineimaprc from here. But OfflineIMAP doesn't connect to Gmail at all. This is the debug ...
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local email storage syncing to imap - mutt-friendly

Summary My problem: I want to read email offline with my choice of client (mutt), but I want actions like moving emails, etc. to be kept in two-way snc with an imap server. My question: Is there a ...
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Minimal MTA that delivers mail locally (for cron)?

On my laptop, I have set up a cron that performs a weekly job. If there is something to report, I would like to get an e-mail for it. Right now I am using KMail as MUA which is able to read mail from ...
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Possible to get SMS/text message notification when process ends/is killed?

There are scripts that will send an e-mail when a server process is finished. However, I do not want to check my email every so often just to see whether a job has finished. Therefore I'd like to get ...
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Difference between mail and mailx? [duplicate]

Whats the difference between mail and mailx? I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem where I can send mail from server A with this echo $MESSAGE | mail -s "$SUBJECT" -r $FROM $RECIPIENTS command but ...
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Roll-your-own GMail alternative

I'm quitting GMail but attempting to avoid the headaches that come with administering my own Internet-facing IMAP server. I have access to a commercial IMAP account, and I'd like to continue to use ...
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Receive Pop/IMAP email and then forward as encrypted to gmail

Basically, I have an email account I can access as POP3 or IMAP. I want to take all incoming emails, encrypt them, and then forward the encrypted version to my gmail account (so I can see the ...
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How to set up local mail retrieval and delivery?

$ mail No mail for lazer $ I am able to send mails using mail. I have unread mails in my inbox as I can see in Outlook. Why doesn't mail show me my mails? How can I make mail fetch them?
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mutt: automatically show new mesages

When I have mutt opened, I don't see new emails until I press a key, for example arrow down. Then new emails appear. Is there a way for mutt do recognize that new email has arrived, and display the ...
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Sending email without including an origin IP address in headers

I often see email headers like these when I get email these days: Received: by FQDN (Postfix, from userid $USERID) So does that mean that people SSH into their VPS and send email from there or is ...
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Where does postfix store email?

I can't find any documentation on how postfix stores email. Where is it stored, and in what format? I'm using Ubuntu server 11
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How can I print a conditional header BEFORE stdout, if there is any output on stdout

I have a process that filters a list of files from a directory (having find check to see if there are files older than a certain period to show a queue is stuck). It may or may not return anything, ...
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How do I configure mutt to display the date header in my local time zone in the pager?

When I view a message in the pager mutt displays the time in the Date header in UTC rather than my local time zone. The index view displays the local time correctly. I found this old mailing list post ...
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How do I get UUENCODE to work?

I have a server that I have inherited that has an older version of Redhat installed due to software requirements and now there is a need to use UUENCODE to allow email attachments. The uuencode and ...
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using the mail command

How do I use the mail command to check email (and send email) from gmail. Does it support labels? I couldn't have figure out where to put the username and password. I tried to search for instruction ...
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E-Mail client in linux which allows to search encrypted mail

Is there an E-Mail client for linux which allows to search old gpg encrypted mails (i.e. find all mails which contain a particular keyword in the body, including the encrypted ones).
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How to delete a range of mails in Solaris using the 'mail' command?

I have some 1k+ mails in an inbox (old cronjob stdout), how to delete them in bulk? I'm on Solaris 8 and I have only mail available, no pine or mutt or similar "UI"-based client. Inline help and ...
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Opening .eml files with mutt

How should one open .eml files in linux ? I'm not sure if mutt can handle it ? UPDATE I worked it out partially , by creating a new mailbox: mkdir -p a/{cur,tmp,new} And place the eml file in ...
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How can I send attachment with ssmtp in Linux?

I can send email from my gmail account by ssmtp in Linux now. But how can I attach files to the email?
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How to Allow Outgoing SMTP on iptables Debian Linux

If I choose to allow all traffic on the OUTPUT chain (iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT) mail sends fine. As soon as I lock down my server with these rules, outgoing mail stops working. All else works though, ...
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Assistance wanted in removing the “No mail.” notification in MOTD for Ubuntu 10.10

How do I remove the No mail. notification on Ubuntu 10.10 Server? This occurs when I log in, and is located underneath the message of the day I have a separate script which uses a different messaging ...
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Changing SMTP authentication in mutt based on From e-mail address

I use mutt as my e-mail reader, and nbSMTP as my SMTP client. I check e-mail from a half dozen accounts and sort them into miscellaneous folders in my maildir. Some of the folders are ...
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How can I apply my procmail filters to my maildir inbox?

Last night I subscribed to a mailing list, and discovered this morning that my procmail filter didn't apply to many of the mailing list messages. Now I have loads of less-important mailing list ...
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Postfix configuration - keep the envelops

I have a postfix server that delivers mail and send a copy of the outgoing mail to a second server for content analysis using the following configuration (addresses and IPs have been replaced): ...
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How to send output to both screen and mail?

I use the following to send an email at the end of a script. echo "Script finished on `date`" | /usr/bin/Mail -s "Script complete" "myaccount@myserver.com". However, I want to echo the same message ...
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Disable mail check on login?

When I login to console, e.g tty1, I usually see a message No mail, I know there's some program checking email on login, but I don't use that, how can I disable that command ? I tried to grep from ...
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Which name should be used for myhostname in Postfix's main.cf?

For #myhostname, I should uncomment and put my hostname, i.e. the name I gave my VPS, right? Or does it just go myhostname = mydomain.net, in other words don't edit the phrase 'myhostname' except to ...
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What does it mean for an email message to be “old”?

I just recently converted my mbox over to Maildir, and when I opened up mutt, I saw an 'O' flag on some messages. Looking this up, I find that it means the message is marked as "Old". However as ...
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Crontab job not emailing on failure

I have a cron job on Debian: 1 * * * * /home/paradroid/bin/myscript.sh >/dev/null There is an installed and configured MTA, and I have received emails when the script has a syntax error, so I ...
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RHEL - Uuencode + mailx = gibberish

I understand uuencode is for encoding files, and mailx sends mail. However, I'm not exactly understanding... Why uuencode file file | mailx -s "subject" email_adress keeps sending messages with the ...
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Setting headers using the /bin/mail command

I have a bash script that I use with nagios that sends notifications by email. The key part of it looks like this: # $1 (FROM) | $2 (TO) | $3 (SUBJECT) | $4 (BODY) /usr/bin/printf "%b" "$4" | ...