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SunOS/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 ses- sion. With no arguments, biff displays the current notifica- tion 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

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri- butes: ____________________________________________________________ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | |_____________________________|_____________________________| | Availability | SUNWscpu | |_____________________________|_____________________________|

SEE ALSO

csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), attributes(5) SunOS 5.8 Last change: 14 Sep 1992 1