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UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Richard Rosinski, Douglas Host, Kenneth Rosen, Rachel Klee

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CHAPTER 8Electronic Mail

Electronic mail has been an important part of the UNIX System from the beginning. UNIX was developed by AT&T, and an important goal was to make electronic communication as simple, transparent, and universal as telephony.

The UNIX System includes a rich set of tools for getting, sending, and managing mail. This chapter provides basic information on how to use e-mail effectively on your UNIX or Linux system. It describes the options you have for sending and receiving mail, explains how to use the most common mail programs, and has instructions on configuring these programs to match your specific needs.

E-Mail on the UNIX System

There are two types of mail software. The first type includes the programs that handle the interactions ...

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