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anaid 08-23-2005 05:07 AM

Shel script mail send ("/" in mail address) problem
Have to send mail using bash or sh (Suse 8.2 )

mail -s test -a text.txt test.try/ < empty.txt

test.try/ No such file or directory

the problem is "/" .

i still want use it , but how to fix it?

scowles 08-23-2005 06:46 AM

First, Is the mail command you are executing a shell script that you wrote? I don't see that -a is a supported command line argument for the mail command.

Second, my interpretion of your error is the space between the test.txt and test.try is giving you problems, not the slash.

With the above in mind, if you are wanting a shell script to treat the value of an argument separated with spaces as a single argument, then enclose the value of the argument in either double-quotes (expansion) or single-quotes (no expansion). Example:

mail -s test -a 'text.txt test.try/' < empty.txt


email='test.txt test.try'
mail -s test -a "${email}" < empty.txt

If your goal is to escape the meaning of a shell metacharacter or control character, then prefix that character with a whack \. BTW: I don't see that slash / is a shell metacharacter. But using your example:

mail -s test -a "text.txt test.try\/" < empty.txt

anaid 08-23-2005 07:19 AM

im using Suse 8.2
it uses nail

NAIL(1) User Commands NAIL(1)

nail - send and receive MIME conformant mail

nail [-BFintv~] [-s subject] [-a attachment ] [-c cc-addr]
[-b bcc-addr] [-r from-addr] [-h hops] to-addr ...

nail [-BeHiInNv~] [-T name] -f [name]

nail [-BeinNv~] [-u user]

Nail is an intelligent mail processing system, which has a
command syntax reminiscent of ed(1) with lines replaced by
messages. It is based on Berkeley Mail 8.1, is intended
to provide the functionality of the POSIX.2 mailx command,
and offers extensions for MIME messages, POP3 and SMTP.

scowles 08-23-2005 07:41 AM

Thanks for the clarification about the mail command you are using, but did enclosing the attachment argument (-a) within single quotes fix your error message?

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