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Using the ?nail? or the ?mail? command to send and receive E-mail.

From: Dock
Sent on: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 5:32 PM

Using the ?nail? or the ?mail? command to send and receive E-mail.


Examine this line:

ls -a  ~ | nail -a .mailrc -A autosend -s  ?Dis be a tess? [address removed]


I have been using this line at a command prompt to send an E-mail with the subject line  ?Dis be a tess? using my E-mail account back to my E-mail account. What this particular line does is: list the directory using the ?ls? command. It then pipes the output from the ?ls? command to a ?nail? command. The parameters in the ?nail? command are set up to send the output back to the address [address removed] and send the file ?.mailrc? as an attachment.


This works beautifully. I am able to check my E-mail on another computer and I am able to retrieve the message and the attached file that I sent using the ?nail? command on my LAMP box. I could easily see using a command like this in a script to automatically send useful information to my E-mail account.




The issue that I am experiencing  when using the ?nail? command is that I am unable to receive mail using it, I can only send it. If I send and E-mail to my account, [address removed] , I should be able to enter ?nail? at a command prompt by itself, like this:




or perhaps:


nail ?A autosend (this line specifies the an account called ?autosend?  that I set up in my ?.mailrc? file)


and it should retrieve all incoming mail, but this does not seem to work and I am not sure why.  BTW, I get the exact same behavior when I use the ?mail? command instead of the ?nail? command. Here are the contents of my ?.mailrc? file. The mail command and apparently the ?nail? command use this file. It contains information such as incoming (pop3) and outgoing (smtp) mail server, login information, password, etc. I would appreciate any help on this that I can get. Thanks in advance.


CONTENTS OF ?.mailrc?:


account autosend {
set folder=pop3://  LATER I TRIED CHANGING THIS LINE TO: set folder=pop3://[address removed]  
set smtp=smtp://
set from="[address removed] (Inet Server)"
set smtp-auth=login
set smtp-auth-password=******* 

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