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mail.mailutils - process mail messages


mail.mailutils [OPTION...] [address...]
mail.mailutils [OPTION...] [OPTION...] [file]
mail.mailutils [OPTION...] --file [OPTION...] [file]
mail.mailutils [OPTION...] --file=file [OPTION...]


GNU mail -- process mail messages. If -f or --file is given, mail operates on the mailbox named by the first argument, or the user's mbox, if no argument given.

attach FILE

-a, --append=HEADER: VALUE append given header to the message being sent

force multipart/alternative content type
attach from file descriptor FD
set the Content-Disposition filename parameter for the next --attach option
set the Content-Type name parameter for the next --attach option
set content type for subsequent --attach options
execute COMMAND
return true if mail exists
set encoding for subsequent --attach options
save messages according to sender
write a header summary and exit
ignore interrupts
compose MIME messages
do not display initial header summary
do not read the system mailrc file
print all mail to standard output
cause interrupts to terminate program
use address as the return address when sending mail
send a message with the given SUBJECT
skip attachments with empty body
read recipients from the message header
operate on USER's mailbox
Global debugging settings
set Mailutils debugging level

--[no-]debug-line-info show source info with debugging messages

Configuration handling
load this configuration file; implies --no-config
check configuration file syntax and exit
verbosely log parsing of the configuration files
do not load site and user configuration files
do not load site-wide configuration file
do not load user configuration file
set configuration parameter
Informational options
show configuration file summary
show compilation options
-?, --help
give this help list
give a short usage message
print program version

Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.


Report bugs to <>.
GNU Mailutils home page: <>
General help using GNU software: <>


Copyright © 2007-2019 Free Software Foundation, inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The complete GNU mailutils documentation is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the mailutils-doc package is installed, the command

info mailutils

should give you access to the complete manual.
You can also find this manual online in the GNU mailutils webpage:
Please note this manpage was automatically generated by the Debian mailutils packagers. Do not file bugs for its content to the GNU Mailutils upstream authors.

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