Terminal mail

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  1. thecow macrumors 6502

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    #1
    I just logged into the terminal to check my folding stats and I saw this:
    Code:
    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.
    Code:
    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

    robbieduncan

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    #2
    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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