Using Electronic Mail

Every UNIX system allows you to exchange electronic mail with other users on your local system. Most systems also allow you to exchange mail with users on remote systems.

Electronic mail is very quick. Messages will reach users on the same system almost immediately; users on systems elsewhere in this country, or other countries, in a few minutes, or hours at most.


Developed at the University of Washington, Pine (Program for Internet News and E-mail) offers a full-screen interface for reading and sending mail. It also offers an interface to Usenet News. It is a good choice for users new to UNIX. Pine offers an intentionally limited set of functions geared toward the novice user, including the following mail operations: View, Save, Export, Delete, Print, Reply and Forward. By default, pine uses the pico editor for composing messages. The .pinerc file sets personal preferences. This file can be modified via the built-in Setup menu. Enter pine to get started, and follow the prompts along the lower portion of the screen.

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