HTML Mail from Command Line

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at
Wed Jun 22 08:55:47 GMT 2005

pipe it through mimencode and do other massaging to it.  You do
realize HTML mail is not standardized, don't you?

Send yourself a few HTML mails from something like Outlook and
you can examine the structure and see what is missing and what
you have to do to make it look the same.


>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Mick Walker
>Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 1:38 AM
>To: freebsd-questions at
>Subject: HTML Mail from Command Line
>Hi All,
>How can I send HTML mail from the command line with freeBSD.
>The command: 
>cat design.HTML | mail -s "System Statistics" root
>Simply emails the HTML file as a text file, where the HTML code is
>clearly visible. What I want the to make the client see the content as
>HTML, and act accordingly.
>As I recall, when I have used other variants of *nix, the mail binary
>comes with a -a flag to specify the content type, this does not appear
>to be true with FreeBSD.
>Does anyone know how I can achieve this?
>Mick Walker
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