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Email PDFs From the Command Line With Open Source Software uuencode

May 18, 2010, 09:02 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"I often find myself wanting to email someone an attachment of some sort – PDF, doc, jpg, or whatever. As a rule I'll do this by scping it to the machine I use for mail (or uploading to gmail), but I'd far rather save time with a command-line oneliner.

"Enter uuencode, which allows you to pipe attachments directly into the mail command. Here's a basic example:

uuencode article.pdf article.pdf | mail -s 
"Here's that article" juliet@earth.li

"The -s option to mail sets the subject line."

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