faces, seemail, vwhois – mailbox interface
command monitors incoming mail and
displays in its window a representation of the user’s mail box
using a small image for each message.
The image is typically a portrait of the sender. Which image to
display is determined by two directories /usr/$user/lib/face
and /lib/face. Entries in /usr/$user/lib/face take priority over
those in /lib/face. See
for how these directories are organised.
If the user is running
reacts to plumb messages to the
and is thus notified of message additions and deletions.
Right-clicking on a message icon causes that message to be ‘plumbed’ to
A typical plumb action will be to display the message, such as by
plumb start window mail -s $0
mail reader listens to the
If the user is not running
reads the log file
unhandled troff command .F
and right-clicking has no effect.
If arrows are visible, clicking on them will scroll the display.
Middle-clicking on the arrows scrolls to the end.
to read the messages in
— or the mailboxes specified with the
to watch for messages arriving in
flags may be used to watch multiple mailboxes.
flag causes a different, venerable behavior in which
the window displays the history of messages received
rather than the current state of the mail box.
In particular, faces are not removed from the screen when messages are deleted.
Also, in this mode clicking button 1 in the display will clear the window.
script that invokes
to display the icons of the named
without sending a message.
/mail/fs/mbox mail directory.