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  Learning the Mac OS X Terminal: Part 1
Subject:   Mail in OS X Terminal?
Date:   2004-05-02 15:54:12
From:   lpb2h
Response to: Mail in OS X Terminal?

At the command line, type:
/usr/bin/mail
That runs the mail client on your system. Long before http, this is how many UNIX people read mail.
See "man mail" for details.
If when you type "which mail" you get "/usr/bin/mail" then you can just type "mail" to read mail.