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Jul 29, 2000, 12:38 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The old Unix mailer at /bin/mail is one of the programs that really helped to launch the Internet as we know it today. In days gone by, it was one of the most used binaries on any Unix workstation. Today, the /bin/mail binary can still be used, but is horribly outdated -- it's a text-only mailer with almost no features at all."

"It is good, however for one thing: automated mailing, such as sending e-mail from a shell script. To send mail with the /bin/mail program, use this syntax:

    mail -s "subject" touser@address < body_text

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