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If you don't supply the subject, it will prompt you. The period on the last line signifies the end of the message. Or as you mentioned you can send it to a user ie:
just as you mentioned.
The mail to users will go to /var/spool/mail/user1 where it waits to be fetched by you. The /var/spool/mail/username holding area is created automagically when you create a new user. You can use evolution or any other email client to pick up this mail, just read the docs to set up your local account...
btw your full address will be user@hostname, so if you have a FQDN you can send mail to your computer from anywhere, else you can only recieve from your box.
One other quick question while I'm on the subject of mail:
when I do
I get quite a few old mails in there.
I read that to delete them you just type
where N is the number of the email you want to delete.
However,when I do that ,exit and do #mail again, the mail that i deleted is still there. Why is that,do you think?
Well, this one has me stumped....I'm sure I don't know. Usually the /var/spool/mail/ directories are holding tanks right? That's where the mail stays until you use a mail reader to get it, then it gets moved to your personal mail folder (typically ~/Mail) where you can do what you wish with it.
I may be wrong but I don't think you are supposed to directly read/delete mail from the /var/spool/mail area, rather, set up a client to fetch it for you.
actually,I found a way to do it
What I did was I set up evolution to read the local mail and then deleted it from Evolution.
Dont know why it didn't work before.Maybe you are right,you need to do it from a client.
Anyway,thanks very mch for your help.
I really appreciate it .