Provided by: biff_0.17.pre20000412-5_i386
biff — be notified if mail arrives and who it is from
Biff informs the system whether you want to be notified when mail arrives
during the current terminal session.
Options supported by biff:
n Disables notification.
y Enables notification.
When mail notification is enabled, the header and first few lines of the
message will be printed on your screen whenever mail arrives. A “biff y”
command is often included in the file .login or .profile to be executed
at each login.
Biff operates asynchronously via the comsat(8) service. If that service
is not enabled, biff will not do anything. In that case, or for
synchronous notification, use the MAIL variable of sh(1) or the mail
variable of csh(1).
csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), comsat(8)
The biff command appeared in 4.0BSD.
su(1), and biff don't seem to get on too well. This is probably due to
the tty still being owned by the person using su. This can result in
“Permission denied” messages when attempting to change the biff status of
Please report bugs to email@example.com including diffs/patches,
compiler error logs or as complete a bug report as is possible.