Terminal mail

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  1. thecow macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2003
    Timonium MD
    I just logged into the terminal to check my folding stats and I saw this:
    Last login: Sat Dec 11 00:09:11 on ttyp1
    Welcome to Darwin!
    You have mail.
    pcp08648217pcs:~ mattdordai$ 
    Since when did the terminal get email? I haven't set anything up or even given it my username and password.

    Edit:I found some more stuff in the mail program, but I don't know how to do anything.
    Last login: Sat Dec 11 00:18:33 on ttyp1
    Welcome to Darwin!
    You have mail.
    pcp08648217pcs:~ mattdordai$ mail
    Mail version 8.1 6/6/93.  Type ? for help.
    "/var/mail/mattdordai": 1 message 1 new
    >N  1 mattdordai@Matthew-D  Sun Dec  5 12:43 128/5060  "Cron <mattdordai@loca"
    & ?
        Mail   Commands
    t <message list>                type messages
    n                               goto and type next message
    e <message list>                edit messages
    f <message list>                give head lines of messages
    d <message list>                delete messages
    s <message list> file           append messages to file
    u <message list>                undelete messages
    R <message list>                reply to message senders
    r <message list>                reply to message senders and all recipients
    pre <message list>              make messages go back to /var/mail
    m <user list>                   mail to specific users
    q                               quit, saving unresolved messages in mbox
    x                               quit, do not remove system mailbox
    h                               print out active message headers
    !                               shell escape
    cd [directory]                  chdir to directory or home if none given
    A <message list> consists of integers, ranges of same, or user names separated
    by spaces.  If omitted, Mail uses the last message typed.
    A <user list> consists of user names or aliases separated by spaces.
    Aliases are defined in .mailrc in your home directory.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Looks like you set up some sort of cron job (or a GUI did it for you?). If the job fails for some reason cron will send you a mail. As it does not know your mail address it will use <username>@local which sendmail will deliver to a local mailbox. As Mail.app is not set to check this (very unixy) mailbox you will only get that mail in mail (at the command line). Type the index number of a message to read it (in this case 1: the N 1 tells you that the message is New and at index 1). To delete a message type d <index>.

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