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Old 10-18-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
fborot
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sendmail little help


Hello
sorry if this question is too dumb.

I am starting to learn sendmail, I am using FC3.
I know that new mails are placed at /var/spool/mail/username
I also know that when the emails have been read they go to the mbox file in the user's home folder.
But if a user wants to see his/her sent emails, how can he do it ? Where are the sent emails or how can I see them?

thank you very much
fborot
 
Old 10-18-2005, 11:32 AM   #2
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The program that you use to read and submit mail for transmission isn't sendmail, but rather a Mail User Agent (MUA), such as mailx, nail, or mutt. An MUA can be configured to save your outgoing mail, to put all your read mail in the mbox, etc. The way to do this depends on your MUA. Please read the man page for the program you use. For example, if you use the command mail to read and send mail, you can read its man page by running
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man mail
 
Old 10-18-2005, 11:57 AM   #3
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tahnk you
yes I forgot to tell you that I am using the comand "mail" only, I am not using any MUA at the moment.
I asked because since by default the new emails go to /var/spool/mail/username and the read emails go to /home/username/mbox I thought that maybe the sent emails would go to another file or directory by default.

Isn't that the case?

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Old 10-18-2005, 12:22 PM   #4
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You're still using an MUA. You can find out exactly which one by typing
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ls -l `which mail`
The output should be something like
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lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root 4 2005-02-20 19:12 /usr/bin/mail -> nail*
, which tells me that 'mail' is just a symbolic link to 'nail'.
So, I can read more about it by typing 'man nail' (although, it might also be available as 'man mail').

Note: In the above code, those are backticks (`), not single quotes('). Your output maybe be different: if you don't see an arrow (->), it means that your MUA is really called 'mail' and is not a symlink to anything else.


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I thought that maybe the sent emails would go to another file or directory by default.

Isn't that the case?
I wouldn't think so, but it might be the case for your MUA.

Last edited by Berhanie; 10-18-2005 at 12:28 PM.
 
Old 10-18-2005, 12:51 PM   #5
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I do not think that I have any mua installed.
I just installed FC3, using the minimal installation option which is very basic , only includes the sendmail program and very few services .
That's is why
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