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How to check UUCP mails?

Alex_133
Advisor

How to check UUCP mails?

In the Tylor UUCP documentation, it says "To receive mail, all that
is necessary is for UUCP to invoke rmail.", but it didnt say how?

According to the documentation, to send a email via UUCP is
`uux - 'site!rmail user@home.net'` , that works perfectly on my
UUCP machine, but can anyone tell me what is the command to
check the mails?
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: How to check UUCP mails?

elm is a built in(usually) telnet/character based tool for checking mails on unix systems.

Log on as the user in question.

elm

If its your first time, answer the setup questions yes.

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Alex_133
Advisor

Re: How to check UUCP mails?

The mails is located in another UUCP host,
Whenenver I wanna send emails, I can invoke
uux to spool them in /ver/spool/uucp, and
to send them asynchronously only after I
have connected to it(uucico), I don't have
a shell access to the UUCP, so I wont
be able to elm, I just wonder how can I check
my mails there via UUCP.
Kasper Haitsma
Trusted Contributor

Re: How to check UUCP mails?

If the mailbox you have send to, is your's, you need to connect to that machine (with a terminal {go to the room where the machine is, and logon}, or through a network {usually TCP/IP}). If it is someone else's mailbox, there are a few ways to see if mail has arrived/delivered or if it has been read/displayed/viewed.
The most obvious would be, if the other has replied. That is a fairly good indicator. Next to that, you can set several levels of delivery/read notification/acknowledgement when you create a message. It depends on the mail client, with which you create your message, how to set this notification/acknowledgement, and what it is called.
Now some mail clients prompt a user, before a read acknowledment is returned. This gives the reader the opportunity to DISABLE the acknowledgement. So even if you set read_ack, it might still be read, without you knowing it, because the recipient does not want the ack to be returned to you. If you only want to know if your uucp mail transfer works, test it to a web-mail account (create one at e.g. mail.yahoo.com or www.hotmail.com), so you can see there how your mail looks on arrival. Otherwise, it is a matter of trust/hope_for_the_best.

Hope this helps
It depends
Alex_133
Advisor

Re: How to check UUCP mails?

ah..after examining the /var/log/maillog
I've just realized that to check the mails
spooled on the UUCP mail server was just as
simple as invoking "uucico -S uucphost", the
mails are injected into the MTA automatically and thus
delivered into respective mailboxs.