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The Unix mail and emacs sendmail Utilities

Most students are already familiar with electronic mail and have a favorite mail utility. Under Unix the popular mail utilities include thunderbird, pine, and elm. There are also web-based mail utilities. The Physics department has one that is accessed through the URL GNU emacs also has a mail utility called RMAIL and a separate, easy-to-use mail sending feature. Then there is the standard Unix mail utility. The thunderbird and pine utilities are quite user-friendly and have the capability of sending and receiving files as standard attachments. The GNU emacs RMAIL utility is very powerful, because it is embedded in a versatile text editor. Which one you use is mostly a matter of personal preference.

Here we describe the standard Unix mail utility (the Model-T of mail handlers) and the emacs mail sender.