Monday, February 14, 2011

How to send email via CLI


Here are a few ways on how to send email using terminal – CLI mode.
We are going to use mail command, as root:
# mail -s “test email” isp@google.com -c owner@google.com -b staff@google.com
This would send a blank email with “test email” as its subject. The email would be send to isp@google.com with CC to owner@google.com and blind CC to staff@google.com
# echo “How are you” | mail -s “test email” isp@google.com -c owner@google.com -b staff@google.com
would include “How are you” line as the body message of the email. This could be useful and incorporated from your shell scripts that does a particular function and informs you by email of its function result.
Another way is to
# mutt -s “test email” -a /root/pic.jpg isp@google.com -c owner@google.com -b staff@google.com
would send email with “test emai” as subject name. Email is addressed to isp@google.com, with CC to owner@google.com and BCC to staff@google.com. You will noticed the new parameter. This email would attached /root/pic.jpg picture to this email.
Now, piping it like so
# echo “How are you” | mutt -s “test email” -a /root/pic.jpg isp@google.com -c owner@google.com -b staff@google.com
would include “How are you” as body of the email.
Alternatively, you can install the old text based mail user agent pine
# yum -y install pine
# pine
Interactively, pine gives you text based menus to create, send and even check your current mails via terminal.

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