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Old 05-09-2006, 11:12 AM   #1
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Read mail

how can i read mail. "you have new mail in /var/spool/mial/root"
Old 05-09-2006, 11:23 AM   #2
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should do. oh, and just in case - read
man mail
to see what you could do
Old 05-09-2006, 11:34 AM   #3
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type 'mail' its probably a bunch of cron jobs - i just 'rm /var/spool/mail/root' whenever it says that.
Old 05-09-2006, 11:43 AM   #4
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I'm no expert but...
Depending on what email app you use...

In my email app (Sylpheed) I made a user profile or account that gets mail from
and I tell it that the local mailbox is /var/mail.

I have had some trouble figuring out how to get, in my inbox, all the mail from e.g. root, cups (the print server) and HylaFax (a fax server).

I have another email 'account' where I collect messages from
The mailbox for that is also /var/mail.

And one for
also in /var/mail.

Of course you can also just go to /var/mail and read the messages with a text editor. But it is nicer to pick them up with your usual emails. I have Sylpheed set to "Get mail from all accounts" or some such option.

Good luck.
Old 05-09-2006, 05:06 PM   #5
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You can also use mutt which may be already installed depending on your distro


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