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Re: [bug-mailutils] can't get mail to stop prompting me

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: Re: [bug-mailutils] can't get mail to stop prompting me
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 09:50:12 +0200

Mark Gilmore <address@hidden> ha escrit:

> hi,
> i am trying to send an email:
>       mail -s test -m test address@hidden
> but the pgm keeps prompting me and will not respond to a ctrl-d
> or any other key (just keeps inputing the keys).
> any idea ?

Mail does not prompt user if its stdin is not connected to a
terminal, as in:

        mail -s test -m test address@hidden < input
        cat input | mail -s test -m test address@hidden

> perhaps there are multiple versions of "mail" ???

There is always a system version of mail, unless you explicitly
override it when installing Mailutils. Some system may have several
mail binaries (e.g. in /bin and in /usr/bin).

To verify that what you are using is a Mailutils implementation of mail,
run `mail --version' and check its output. It must show:

   mail (GNU Mailutils 2.x)
> is there a verbose mode - any way of seeing what's happening ?

Add 'set verbose' to the mailrc, or add

  --exec='set verbose'

to the mail's command line.  

> any way to send an email without user interaction ?

Make sure mail's standard input is not attached to a terminal.

> this warns about a "null message body" 

To suppress this message, set nonullbodymsg mail variable.

> (though i thought "-m" denoted it),

There is no such option in GNU mail.


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