BIFF(1B) BSD Compatibility Package Commands BIFF(1B)


NAME


biff - give notice of incoming mail messages

SYNOPSIS


/usr/ucb/biff [y | n]


DESCRIPTION


biff turns mail notification on or off for the terminal session. With no
arguments, biff displays the current notification status for the
terminal.


If notification is allowed, the terminal rings the bell and displays the
header and the first few lines of each arriving mail message. biff
operates asynchronously. For synchronized notices, use the MAIL variable
of sh(1) or the mail variable of csh(1).


A `biff y' command can be included in your ~/.login or ~/.profile file
for execution when you log in.

OPTIONS


y
Allow mail notification for the terminal.


n
Disable notification for the terminal.


FILES


~/.login
User's login file


~/.profile
User's profile file


SEE ALSO


csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), attributes(5)


September 14, 1992 BIFF(1B)