MAIL.LOCAL(1M) Maintenance Commands MAIL.LOCAL(1M)
mail.local - store mail in a mailbox
reads the standard input up to an end-of-file and appends it
to each user's mail file (mailbox). This program is intended to be used
as a mail delivery agent for local mail. It is not a user
Messages are appended to the user's mail file in the /var/mail
The user must be a valid user name.
Each delivered mail message in the mailbox is preceded by a "Unix From
line" with the following format: From sender_address time_stamp
is extracted from the SMTP
envelope address (the
envelope address is specified with the -f
A trailing blank line is also added to the end of each message.
The mail files are locked with a .lock
file while mail is appended.
The mail files are created with mode 660
, owner is set to recipient
group is set to mail
. If the ``biff'' service is returned by getservbyname(3SOCKET)
, the biff server is notified of delivered mail.
This program also computes the Content-Length:
header which will be used
by the mailbox reader to mark the message boundary.
The following options are supported: -f sender
Specifies the "envelope from address" of the message. This
flag is technically optional, but should be used. -d
Specifies the recipient of the message. This flag is also
optional and is supported here for backward compatibility.
That is, mail.local recipient
is the same as mail.local -d recipient
Turn on LMTP
mode. -r from
Specify the sender's name (for backward compatibility). -7
Do not advertise 8BITMIME support in LMTP
Return a permanent error instead of a temporary error if a
mailbox exceeds quota.
The following operand is supported: recipient
The recipient of the mail message.
ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES TZ
Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.
The following exit values are returned: 0
Successful operation. >0
An error occurred.
temporary files /tmp/lochd.XXXXXX
temporary files /var/mail/user_name
user's mail file
SEE ALSO mail(1)
April 11, 1997 MAIL.LOCAL(1M)