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.TH MAIL.LOCAL 8 "$Date: 2002/03/12 18:00:23 $"
\- store mail in a mailbox
.B mail.local
.RB [ \-7 "] [" \-b "] [" \-d "] [" \-D
.IR mbdb ]
.RB [ \-l "] [" \-f 
.IR from ]
.RB [ \-h
\fIfilename\fR ]
.I "user ..."
.B Mail.local
reads the standard input up to an end-of-file and appends it to each
.I user's
.B mail 
file.  The
.I user
must be a valid user name.
The options are as follows:
.TP 1i
.B \-7
Do not advertise 8BITMIME support in LMTP mode.
.B \-b
Return a permanent error instead of a temporary error
if a mailbox exceeds quota.
.B \-d
Specify this is a delivery (for backward compatibility).
This option has no effect.
.BI \-D " mbdb"
Specify the name of the mailbox database
which is used to look up local recipient names.
This option defaults to "pw", which means use getpwnam().
.BI \-f " from"
Specify the sender's name.
.B \-l
Turn on LMTP mode.
.BI \-r " from"
Specify the sender's name (for backward compatibility).
Same as \-f.
.BI \-h " filename"
Store incoming mail in \fIfilename\fR in the user's home directory instead
of a system mail spool directory.
Individual mail messages in the mailbox are delimited by an empty
line followed by a line beginning with the string ``From ''.
A line containing the string ``From '', the sender's name and a time stamp
is prepended to each delivered mail message.
A blank line is appended to each message.
A greater-than character (``>'') is prepended to any line in the message
which could be mistaken for a ``From '' delimiter line
(that is,
a line beginning with the five characters
``From '' following a blank line).
The mail files are exclusively locked with 
while mail is appended, 
and a
.B user.lock
file also is created while the mailbox is locked 
for compatibility with older MUAs.
If the ``biff'' service is returned by 
the biff server is notified of delivered mail.
.B mail.local
utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
Used to set the appropriate time zone on the timestamp.
.PD 0.2v
.TP 2.2i
temporary files
user's default mailbox directory
lock file for a user's default mailbox
.B mail.local
escapes only "^From " lines that follow an empty line.
If all lines starting with "From " should be escaped,
use the 'E' flag for the local mailer in the file.
A superset of
.B mail.local
(handling mailbox reading as well as mail delivery)
appeared in 
Version 7 AT&T UNIX 
as the program
.BR mail .