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rcvtty - report new mail
/usr/lib/mh/rcvtty [command] [-form formatfile] [-format string]
[-width columns] [-bell | -nobell] [-newline | -nonewline] [-biff]
The rcvtty can be used to report new mail. It is used primarily in
conjunction with mail filtering agents such as slocal or procmail.
The rcvtty program executes the named command with the message as its
standard input, and writes the resulting output on your terminal.
Alternately, if no command is specified (or is bogus), then rcvtty will
instead write a one-line scan listing. The default output format of
this scan listing may be overridden by using either the -form
formatfile or -format string option, similar to the equivalent options
for scan and inc. See mh-format(5) for details.
A newline is output before the message output, and the terminal bell is
rung after the output. The -nonewline and -nobell options will inhibit
The switch -width columns may be given to specify the width of the scan
line. The default is to use the width of the terminal.
In addition to the standard format escapes described in mh-format(5),
rcvtty also recognizes the following additional component escapes:
Escape Returns Description
body string the (compressed) first part of the body
dtimenow date the current date
folder string the name of the current folder
By default, rcvtty will send its output to every terminal on the local
machine that is owned by current user, and that has given write
permission as granted by the command mesg(1). If the option -biff is
given, then rcvtty will obey the notification status set by the command
/etc/nmh/mts.conf nmh mts configuration file
$HOME/.maildelivery The file controlling local delivery
/etc/nmh/maildelivery Rather than the standard file
‘-width’ defaults to the width of the terminal
rcvdist(1), rcvpack(1), rcvstore(1), mh-format(5), slocal(1)
Only two return codes are meaningful, others should be.