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  Update to Mac OS X Terminal, Part 3
Subject:   How to delete messages saved in mbox
Date:   2002-07-08 21:45:43
From:   sacerdos
As a novice to UNIX, I sweated through Cris's update and I guess everything works ok. I stopped at the point of setting up a GUI Mail application to access my local Unix mailbox.


Undoubtedly I'm missing tons of subtle functionalities, but if I am only interested in seeing cron reports, why shouldn't I be content to read them in Terminal? And if this is a reasonable abbreviation for users like me, is it possible to delete the messages from the Terminal?

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  • How to delete messages saved in mbox
    2003-05-03 15:47:19  anonymous2 [View]

    terminal
  • How to delete messages saved in mbox
    2003-03-31 03:51:15  anonymous2 [View]

    Messages kept in my inbox mail and sent mails which are of no need to me any more I bring to scene the text and i click delete but i dont see that my space in my html minimised . I think that i do something wrong can you help me
  • How to delete messages saved in mbox
    2002-07-13 12:30:50  benwillies [View]

    Type "mail" in the terminal window and it will say whether you have mail or not. If no mail, it will automatically quit. Otherwise it will list the mail messages for the user you are logged-in as, each one uniquely numbered. Type "?" to see a list of commands. To read a message, just enter its number. To delete, type "d#" where # is the message number. If you "exit" mail, then nothing will be deleted; you have to "quit" instead. To mess around with mail for the first time, send yourself a message...

    mail -s testing yourusername
    blah-blah-blah
    .

    Note the period as it indicates the end of the message. To check whether mail is functioning properly, read the log by entering "tail /private/var/log/mail.log". Each message will have at least two entries in the log, one ending with "relay=" and the other ending with "Sent" . Other entries are errors, some of which you can ignore (except it fills-up the log) as the mail gets sent anyway, but others can drive you crazy trying to figure-out what is wrong. It's important at this point not to blindly follow what you read about sendmail on the web because MacOS X (darwin) is not the same as Linux or other Unixes and your machine can get really hosed (I speak from experience :-)
    • How to delete messages saved in mbox
      2003-10-02 10:08:49  anonymous2 [View]

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