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Maintenance Commands                               mail.local(1M)


mail.local - store mail in a mailbox


/usr/lib/mail.local [ -f sender ] [ -d ] recipient


mail.local 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 by sendmail(1M) as a mail delivery agent for local mail. It is not a user interface agent. Messages are appended to the user's mail file in the /var/mail directory. 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 The sender_address is extracted from the SMTP envelope address (the envelope address is specified with the -f option). A trailing blank line is also added to the end of each mes- sage. 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, and 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 com- patibility. That is, mail.local recipient is the same as mail.local -d recipient. -l Turn on LMTP mode. SunOS 5.8 Last change: 11 Apr 1997 1 Maintenance Commands mail.local(1M) -r from Specify the sender's name (for backward compatibil- ity). -7 Do not advertise 8BITMIME support in LMTP mode. -b 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.


TZ Used to set the appropriate time zone on the times- tamp.


The following exit values are returned: 0 Successful operation. >0 An error occurred.


/tmp/local.XXXXXX temporary files /tmp/lochd.XXXXXX temporary files /var/mail/user_name user's mail file


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


mail(1), comsat(1M), sendmail(1M), getservbyname(3SOCKET), attributes(5) SunOS 5.8 Last change: 11 Apr 1997 2