No, I’m not trying to use sendmail in a cron job. I’m just trying to see if the cron jobs reported some failure.
Back when Sparc 10s roamed the earth, I’d telnet into my Solaris system and sometimes it would say “You have new mail.” I’d check mail messages to see what the system or my cron jobs were trying to tell me. I’d just type “mail” and see the header of the first message in my mailbox, and a ? prompt at which point I could enter other commands to read, or skip through the messages.
When I ssh into bogota at DH, sometimes it says “you have mail” but when I type mail I get “mail: /home/ykfpdata/Maildir/: Is a directory
You have new mail in /home/ykfpdata/Maildir/” and returned to the [bogota]$ prompt. Since it looks like the files with the recent mtime when I have new mail are down in /home/ykfpdata/Maildir/new, maybe all I have to do is make a change in a config file for mail somewhere so it looks in the right place.
When I ssh into my Ubuntu linux box and type mail, I get "The program ‘mail’ can be found in the following packages:
Try: sudo apt-get install
mail: command not found"
Well, I haven’t heard of any of those mail programs. That name heirloom-mailx makes me feel old. I guess the cool kids don’t use mail to check system messages anymore. Maybe I’m the last of a dying generation. What’s an old caveman to do when hunting woolly mammoths is no longer a marketable skill set?
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