Using the Mail Console Client
The most basic client for creating and reading e-mail is the mail command. Although it doesn't have many advanced features, it is fast. So some Linux users like to use it for sending simple messages. (It is also sometimes used in scripts.)
To read mail, open a command console, log on using the account whose mail you want to read, and enter the command mail. A list of all messages in your mailbox will be displayed. You can then use any of the commands listed in Table-1 to work with the messages in the mailbox or compose new mail messages.Table-1 Mail Commands
|?||Display a list of available commands.|
|h||List the headers for all messages in the mailbox.|
|n||Type the next message.|
|t list||Type the specified messages. For example, t 3 types message 3 and t 4 5 types messages 4 and 5.|
|d list||Deletes one or more messages. For example, d 4 deletes message 4.|
|R list||Reply to message sender.|
|r list||Reply to message sender and all recipients.|
|m user||Compose a new message addressed to the specified user.|
To compose a new message from a command prompt, follow these steps:
- Type mail followed by the e-mail address of the recipient.
Mail responds by prompting you for the subject.
- Type the subject line and press Enter.
Mail then waits for you to enter the text of the message.
- Type the message text. Use the Enter key to start new lines.
You can enter as many lines as you wish for the message.
- Press Ctrl+D to finish the message.
The following prompt will appear:
- Enter one or more carbon copy addresses if you want others to
receive a copy. Otherwise, press Enter.
You're done! The message is on its way.
Evolution is a graphical e-mail client that's similar in many ways to Microsoft Outlook. It includes not only e-mail features, but also a contact list, a calendar, a task manager, and other Outlook-like features.
To start Evolution, click the E-Mail icon that's located in the panel at the top of the GNOME screen. The first time you run Evolution, a configuration wizard will guide you through the necessary configuration. You need to supply basic information about your e-mail account, such as your e-mail address and the name of your mail server.
In this tutorial:
- Managing Linux Systems
- Planning a Linux Server Installation
- Installing Fedora 7
- Getting Used to Linux
- Understanding the file system
- On Again, Off Again
- Using GNOME
- Managing User Accounts
- Linux Network Configuration
- Restarting Your Network
- Working with Network Configuration Files
- The ifcfg files
- The resolv.conf file
- DHCP and DNS
- Configuring DHCP
- Running a DNS Server
- Running Apache
- Starting and Stopping Apache
- Confirming that Apache Is Running
- Using the HTTP Configuration Tool
- Restricting Access to an Apache Server
- Configuring Virtual Hosts
- Setting the Apache User Account
- Running Sendmail
- Installing Sendmail
- Modifying sendmail.mc
- Using SpamAssassin
- Using the Mail Console Client
- Running FTP
- Starting the vsftpd Service
- Configuring FTP