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.\"     from: @(#)comsat.8	8.1 (Berkeley) 6/4/93
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.Dd June 4, 1993
.Dt COMSAT 8
.Os BSD 4.2
.Sh NAME
.Nm comsat
.Nd biff server
.Sh SYNOPSIS
.Nm
.Op Fl l
.Sh DESCRIPTION
.Nm
is the server process which receives reports of incoming mail
and notifies users if they have requested this service.
.Nm
receives messages on a datagram port associated with the
.Dq biff
service
specification (see
.Xr services 5
and
.Xr inetd 8 ) .
The one line messages are of the form:
.Pp
.Dl user@mailbox-offset
.Pp
If the
.Em user
specified is logged in to the system and the associated terminal has
the owner execute bit turned on (by a
.Dq Li biff y ) ,
the
.Em offset
is used as a seek offset into the appropriate mailbox file and
the first 7 lines or 560 characters of the message are printed
on the user's terminal.  Lines which appear to be part of
the message header other than the
.Dq From ,
.Dq \&To ,
.Dq Date ,
or
.Dq Subject
lines are not included in the displayed message.
.Sh OPTIONS
The
.Nm
program supports this option:
.Bl -tag -width 12345
.It Fl l
The
.Fl l
option turns on
.Xr syslogd 8
log messages.
.El
.Sh FILES
.Bl -tag -width /var/run/utmpx -compact
.It Pa /var/run/utmpx
to find out who's logged on and on what terminals
.El
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr biff 1 ,
.Xr inetd 8 ,
.Xr syslogd 8 .
.Sh BUGS
The message header filtering is prone to error.
The density of the information presented is near the theoretical minimum.
.Pp
Users should be notified of mail which arrives on other
machines than the one to which they are currently logged in.
.Pp
The notification should appear in a separate window so it
does not mess up the screen.
.Pp
.Nm
runs as root so that it can open the users maildrop.
.Sh HISTORY
The
.Nm
command appeared in
.Bx 4.2 .