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        mail.local - store mail in a mailbox


        mail.local [-7] [-b] [-d] [-D mbdb] [-l] [-f from|-r from] [-h filename
        ] user ...


        Mail.local reads the standard input up to an end-of-file and appends it
        to each user’s mail file.  The user must be a valid user name.
        The options are as follows:
        -7        Do not advertise 8BITMIME support in LMTP mode.
        -b        Return  a  permanent  error instead of a temporary error if a
                  mailbox exceeds quota.
        -d        Specify this is  a  delivery  (for  backward  compatibility).
                  This option has no effect.
        -D mbdb   Specify  the  name  of  the mailbox database which is used to
                  look up local recipient names.  This option defaults to "pw",
                  which means use getpwnam().
        -f from   Specify the sender’s name.
        -l        Turn on LMTP mode.
        -r from   Specify the sender’s name (for backward compatibility).  Same
                  as -f.
        -h filename
                  Store incoming mail in filename in the user’s home  directory
                  instead of a system mail spool directory.
        The  next  options  are  only available if mail.local has been compiled
        with -DHASHSPOOL.
        -H hashtypehashdepth
               Select hashed mail directories.  Valid hash types are u for user
               name  and  m for MD5 (requires compilation with -DHASHSPOOLMD5).
               Example: -H u2 selects user name hashing with a hash depth of 2.
               Note:  there  must  be  no  space  between the hash type and the
        -p path
               Specify an alternate mail spool path.
        -n     Specify that the domain part of recipient addresses in LMTP mode
               should not be stripped.
        Individual  mail messages in the mailbox are delimited by an empty line
        followed by a line beginning with the string ‘‘From ’’.   A  line  con‐
        taining  the  string  ‘‘From  ’’, the sender’s name and a time stamp is
        prepended to each delivered mail message.  A blank line is appended  to
        each  message.   A  greater-than  character (‘‘>’’) is prepended to any
        line in the message which could be mistaken for a ‘‘From  ’’  delimiter
        line (that is, a line beginning with the five characters ‘‘From ’’ fol‐
        lowing a blank line).
flock(2)  while  mail  is
        appended,  and  a  user.lock  file also is created while the mailbox is
        locked for compatibility with older MUAs.
getservbyname(3),  the  biff
        server is notified of delivered mail.
        The mail.local utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


        TZ     Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.


        /tmp/local.XXXXXX     temporary files
        /var/mail/user        user’s default mailbox directory
        /var/mail/user.lock   lock file for a user’s default mailbox


        mail.local  escapes  only "^From " lines that follow an empty line.  If
        all lines starting with "From " should be escaped, use the ’E’ flag for
        the local mailer in the sendmail.cf file.


        A  superset  of  mail.local  (handling  mailbox reading as well as mail
        delivery) appeared in Version 7 AT&T UNIX as the program mail.


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