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Commands Reference, Volume 4

rcvtty Command


Notifies the user of incoming messages.


rcvtty [ Command ]


The rcvtty command sends the user a message that incoming mail has arrived. The rcvtty command is not started by the user. The rcvtty command is placed in the .maildelivery file called by the /usr/lib/mh/slocal file.

The rcvtty command sends a one-line scan listing to your terminal. If you specify a command in the Command parameter, the rcvtty command executes that command using the incoming message as the standard input and sending the output to the terminal. For the rcvtty command to write output to your terminal, the write permissions for your terminal must be set to all.

Run the rcvtty command on all incoming messages by specifying rcvtty in the .maildelivery file.


-help Lists the command syntax, available switches (toggles), and version information.

Note: For MH, the name of this flag must be fully spelled out.


$HOME/.maildelivery Provides the user with instructions for local mail delivery.
$HOME/.forward Provides the user with the default message filter.
$HOME/.mh_profile Contains the MH user profile.

Related Information

The rcvdist command, rcvpack command, rcvstore command, sendmail command, slocal command.

The .mh_alias file format.

Mail Overview in AIX 5L Version 5.1 System User's Guide: Communications and Networks.

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