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faq:email15 [2011/04/30 17:12] (current)
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 +[15] WHERE IS MY EMAIL!!?? ITS IN WEBMAIL BUT NOT THE SHELL!
  
 +     Its OK, your email has probably been sorted by the email client or
 +     ​protocol you have used to read your email. ​ Some quick places to
 +     check for your email at the shell would be:
 +
 +     ​$HOME/​mbox
 +     ​$HOME/​mail/​mbox
 +     ​$HOME/​Mail/​received
 +    ​
 +     ​Traditionally your email is received and stored in what is called a
 +     '​spool file'​. ​ This file is defined by the $MAIL environment variable.
 +
 +     '​mail',​ '​mailx',​ '​mutt',​ '​elm'​ and such always read mail from that
 +     ​defined location unless told otherwise.
 +
 +     ​However,​ programs such as '​pine'​ and '​alpine'​ insist on moving your
 +     email out of the spool and into your home directory. ​ This is their
 +     ​default behaviour and can be confusing to new users. ​ They use the
 +     '​IMAP'​ or Internet Message Access Protocol. ​ The webmail system also
 +     uses IMAP.  It does have its advantages once you get over the shock 
 +     of thinking you've lost your email. ​ You haven'​t though, IMAP thinks
 +     it has improved things for you and maybe you'll feel that way someday.
 +
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 +[[email|back]]