best/easiest commandline email program for mass-email
Karl F. Larsen
klarsen1 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 22:00:55 UTC 2010
Gilles Gravier wrote:
> On 27/01/2010 22:21, Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>> Alex Janssen wrote:
>>> Alex Janssen wrote:
>>>> I must send personalized email to our clients, about 2500. So I figured
>>>> on putting together each with a shell script and then sending the file
>>>> with a commandline email program. I was looking for suggestions on what
>>>> might be the best package to install for this. I have seen a suggestion
>>>> for a program called "mail", but I can't figure out what package to
>>>> install to get it. I looked at the list presented by Synaptic, but
>>>> there's a boat load of programs related to email.
>>>> If anyone has done this sort of thing, I'd sure appreciate your suggestions.
>>>> -Ubuntu 9.10 on several computers since version 5.04
>>> Please, pardon me for replying to myself, but I found and installed
>>> mailx. Whats the best configuration for me to use?
>> Please use apt-get install mailutils to be able use mail
>> either on your own LAN or on the Internet.
>> The way you use mail is to in a terminal type mail.
>> 73 Karl
> "mailx" tends to be a bit more user-friendly than vanila "mail". When
> I've had to use a text-based mail system, "mailx" was the choice.
> There's a much fancier mail client that used to be called "pine" but has
> been discontinued but replaced by "alpine" :
> http://www.washington.edu/alpine/ which you can install in Ubuntu by
> typing "sudo apt-get install alpine" and that will install all the
> Apline is text-terminal oriented, but unlike "mailx", it actually uses a
> user interface (albeit in vt220 mode). So may be easier to use than
> mailx if you are not an expert.
I am not an expert. I recall an expert who was very busy
around 1996 who used mail. He was in charge of the Internet at
Stanford U. He could answer/read/delete with just a single
I used pine as my main email client for several years before
Thunderbird came along. It worked fine.
In mail I forget how to send a message I just typed. Do you
recall what to use? I can't find it in man mail.
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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