— biff server
is the server process which receives reports of
incoming mail and notifies users if they have requested this service.
receives messages on a datagram port associated with
the “biff” service specification (see
). The one line
messages are of the form:
If the user
specified is logged in to the system and the
associated terminal has the owner execute bit turned on (by a
”), the offset
used as a seek offset into the appropriate mailbox file and the first 7 lines
or 560 characters of the message are printed on the user's terminal. Lines
which appear to be part of the message header other than the
“From” or “Subject” lines are not included in the
- to find out who's logged on and on what terminals
The message header filtering is prone to error. The density of the information
presented is near the theoretical minimum.
Users should be notified of mail which arrives on other machines than the one to
which they are currently logged in.
The notification should appear in a separate window so it does not mess up the
Please report bugs to email@example.com and include diffs/patches,
compiler error logs or as complete a bug report as you are able.
daemon appeared in