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UNIX Files & Electronic Mail. What is the behavior of the mail program when invoked with no arguments?. The mail program will read your system mailbox /var/spool/mail/$LOGNAME and prompt you ( & ) to enter mail commands.

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Unix files electronic mail

UNIX Files &Electronic Mail


What is the behavior of the mail program when invoked with no arguments
What is the behavior of the mail program when invoked with no arguments?

The mail program will read your system mailbox /var/spool/mail/$LOGNAMEand prompt you (&) to enter mail commands


How do you get out of the input mode of mail how do you get out of mail s command mode
How do you get out of the input mode of mail? no arguments?How do you get out of mail’s command mode?

  • Ctrl-D or . gets you out of input mode

  • x or q will get you out of mail


How do you save mail into and read mail from your own personal mbox
How do you save mail into, and read mail from, your own personal mbox?

  • Quitting a mail session with q will save all read messages to a file called mbox

  • Or, you can save messages to another mailbox using the smailbox command.

  • mail -f mbox


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