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Sending mail: the Basics

Before sending mail for the first time, make sure that you understand how to give a mail address.

1. Enter the command:

   mail username@address

You will then be prompted to enter the subject of your mail message.

2. Enter the subject title and press <Return>.

   Subject: subject_title

If you make a mistake use the <Delete> key to backup and correct it.

3. Enter the text of your message. Use the <Delete> key to backup and correct any typing mistakes. Press the <Return> key whenever you want to start a new line.

4. To send the mail message press <Return> to start a new line and type a full stop. Press the <Return> key again.

Your message will be sent and the shell prompt will be displayed.

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