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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.
-A, --attach=FILE
attach FILE

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

set content type for subsequent --attach options
-E, --exec=COMMAND
execute COMMAND
-e, --exist
return true if mail exists
set encoding for subsequent --attach options
-F, --byname
save messages according to sender
-H, --headers
write a header summary and exit
-i, --ignore
ignore interrupts
-N, --nosum
do not display initial header summary
-n, --norc
do not read the system mailrc file
-p, --print, --read
print all mail to standard output
-q, --quit
cause interrupts to terminate program
-r, --return-address=ADDRESS
use address as the return address when sending mail
-s, --subject=SUBJ
send a message with the given SUBJECT
-t, --to
read recipients from the message header
-u, --user=USER
operate on USER's mailbox
Global debugging settings
set Mailutils debugging level
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
-V, --version
print program version

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


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Copyright © 2007-2016 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.

December 2016 FSF