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post - deliver a message
The program post is called by send(1)
to deliver the message in the named file
to local and remote users.
In fact, all of the functions attributed to send on
its reference page are performed by post,
with send acting as a relatively simple pre-processor.
Thus, it is post which parses the various header fields,
appends From: and Date: lines,
and interacts with the transport system.
Normally, post would not be called directly by the user.
searches the To:, cc:, Bcc:,
header lines of the specified message for destination addresses,
checks these addresses for validity, and formats them
so as to conform to ARPAnet Internet Message Format protocol
flag is set).
This will normally cause @local-site
to be appended to each local destination address, as well
as any local return addresses.
If a Bcc: field is encountered,
the mail system will use its addresses for delivery.
The Bcc: is
removed from the message sent to original recipients.
The copied recipients will receive an entirely new message
with a minimal set of headers.
The mail system includes a copy of the message
sent to the original recipients
in the body of the message.
consults the environment variable $SIGNATURE to
determine the sender's personal name in constructing the From:
line of the message.
- -alias aliasfile
Specifies a file that post
should take aliases from.
More than one file can be specified, each being preceded with the
automatically consults the system alias file,
If there is an Aliasfile entry in your .mh_profile,
post also consults the file named in that entry.
- -filter filterfile
Filters (re-formats) messages sent to blind copy recipients.
Recipients named in the Bcc:
field normally receive a new message which includes a copy
of the message sent to the other recipients.
If this option is specified, this copy of the message is
filtered according to the instructions in the named file.
The default is -nofilter.
Formats messages so as to conform to ARPAnet Internet Message Format
This is the default behavior.
You can post from formatting messages in this way by using the
Prints a list of the valid options to this command.
Adds a Message-ID: or Resent-Message-ID: field to the header.
- -mts smtp
Specifies the mail system over which mail is sent.
The only value allowed is smtp,
which is the standard mail system.
Additional values are supported only for use with other
Informs the user of each step of the posting/filing process.
Allows the user to watch the transport system's handling of the message
(for example, local and fast delivery).
- -width columns
Specifies the preferred length of the header components
that contain addresses.
The default settings for post are:
For this version, the
option only supports the value smtp.
Additional values are supported for use only with
other mail systems.
The post command does not consult the user's .mh_profile.
The system customization file.
The program to process Fcc:s.
The program to process Bcc:s.
The system alias file.
comp(1), mhmail(1), send(1), mh-alias(4),
Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages (RFC 822)
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- RELATED INFORMATION
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Time: 02:40:39 GMT, October 02, 2010