msgchk



MSGCHK(1)                                                            MSGCHK(1)




NAME

       msgchk - check for messages


SYNOPSIS

       msgchk [-date] [-nodate] [-notify all/mail/nomail]
            [-nonotify all/mail/nomail]
            [-host hostname] [-user username] [-kpop]
            [users ...]  [-version] [-help]


DESCRIPTION

       The  msgchk  program  checks  all known mail drops for mail waiting for
       you.  For those drops which have mail for you, msgchk will indicate  if
       it believes that you have seen the mail in question before.

       The  `-notify type'  switch  indicates  under what circumstances msgchk
       should produce a message.  The default is `-notify all' which says that
       msgchk  should  always  report the status of the users maildrop.  Other
       values for `type' include `mail' which says that msgchk  should  report
       the status of waiting mail; and, `nomail' which says that msgchk should
       report the status of empty maildrops.  The `-nonotify type' switch  has
       the  inverted  sense, so `-nonotify all' directs msgchk to never report
       the status of maildrops.  This is useful if the user  wishes  to  check
       msgchk's  exit  status.  A non-zero exit status indicates that mail was
       not waiting for at least one of the indicated users.

       If msgchk produces output, then the `-date' switch  directs  msgchk  to
       print out the last date mail was read, if this can be determined.


   Using POP
       msgchk  will normally check all the local mail drops, but if the option
       "pophost:" is set in the mts configuration file "mts.conf", or  if  the
       `-host hostname'  switch  is  given, msgchk will query this POP service
       host as to the status of mail waiting.

       The default is for msgchk to assume that your account name on  the  POP
       server  is  the  same as your current username.  To specify a different
       username, use the `-user username' switch.

       When using POP, you will normally need to type the  password  for  your
       account  on  the POP server, in order to retrieve your messages.  It is
       possible to automate this process by creating a ".netrc" file  contain-
       ing  your  login account information for this POP server.  For each POP
       server, this file should have a line of the  following  form.   Replace
       the  words  mypopserver,  mylogin, and mypassword with your own account
       information.

       machine mypopserver login mylogin password mypassword

       This ".netrc" file should be owned and readable only by you.

       For debugging purposes, there is also a  switch  `-snoop',  which  will
       allow  you  to watch the POP transaction take place between you and the
       POP server.

       If nmh has been compiled with KPOP #defined, the  `-kpop'  switch  will
       allow msgchk to use Kerberized POP rather than standard POP3 on a given
       invocation.  If POPSERVICE was also #defined to "kpop", msgchk will  be
       hardwired to always use KPOP.


FILES

       $HOME/.mh_profile                    The user profile
       /etc/nmh/mts.conf                    nmh mts configuration file
       /var/mail/$USER                      Location of mail drop


PROFILE COMPONENTS

       None


SEE ALSO

       inc(1)


DEFAULTS

       `user' defaults to the current user
       `-date'
       `-notify all'


CONTEXT

       None



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