$ mail firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HI
After you enter the subject, you can hit return, then type in the words and sentences of your message. You can use the following mail composing commands, also.
|Command (starts in column 1)||Purpose|
|.||(period) end your mail message; if this doesn't work hold down the Control and D keys at the same time.|
|~p||display the entire contents of your message|
|~r filename.txt||read in the contents of the file named filename.txt into the mail message|
|~vi||enter a vi editor session on the mail message so that you can edit it using vi; when you exit vi, you'll be back in mail program|
|?||list all mail commands available; if this doesn't work, enter help|
|n||(n is a number) display message number n|
|d||delete the current message|
|x||exit, but don't preserve any deletions|
|q||exit, preserving any deletions|
|h||list all mail messages and header information|
|s filename.txt||save the current message into a file named filename.txt|
For more Web-based instruction on Unix mail, see "UNIX Support--Generic Mail," from the Computer Help Desk, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.