faces, seemail, vwhois – mailbox interface


faces [ -ih ] [ -m maildir ]
vwhois person ...


The faces 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 face(6), for how these directories are organised.

If the user is running plumber(4), faces reacts to plumb messages to the seemail port, typically from upas/fs, and is thus notified of message additions and deletions.

Right-clicking on a message icon causes that message to be ‘plumbed’ to showmail. A typical plumb action will be to display the message, such as by the rule

    plumb start window mail -s $0

The acme(1) mail reader listens to the showmail port automatically.

If the user is not running plumber, faces 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.

Starting faces with the -i flag causes faces to read the messages in /mail/fs/mbox — or the mailboxes specified with the -m flag — upon startup.

The -m option directs faces to watch for messages arriving in maildir instead of /mail/fs/mbox. Multiple -m flags may be used to watch multiple mailboxes.

The -h 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.

Seemail is an rc(1) script that invokes faces -h.

Vwhois tells faces to display the icons of the named persons, without sending a message.


/mail/fs/mbox mail directory.




mail(1), marshal(1), nedmail(1), plumber(4), face(6), plumb(6)