biff - Notifies users when mail arrives
The biff command informs the system whether you want to be notified when mail arrives during the current terminal session. The following command enables notification: biff y
The following command disables notification: biff n
When mail notification is enabled, the From: and Subject: header lines and up to the first five lines of the message are displayed. The total display is 560 characters, or seven lines terminated by newline characters, whichever occurs first.
The biff y command is often included in the $HOME/.login or $HOME/.profile file to be executed each time you log in.
To display the current setting, enter: biff To be notified during the current terminal session whenever mail arrives, enter the following in your $HOME/.login or $HOME/.profile file: biff y
Read by login shell (after
Commands: comsat(8), csh(1), ksh(1), mail(1), mailx(1), Bourne Shell sh(1b), POSIX Shell sh(1p)