Mail Reference Manual?

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Jul 31 10:06:01 UTC 2012

On Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:45:29 +0100 (BST), Anton Shterenlikht wrote:
> mail(1) man page mentions the Mail Reference Manual.
> The only one I can find is here:
> Is this the one? The URL isn't that definitive.

There's also a local version installed into
/usr/share/doc/usd/07.mail as and
paper.ascii.gz. The corresponding source tree
item is a Makefile in /usr/src/share/doc/usd/07.mail
which points you to investigate /usr/src/usr.bin/mail/USD.doc;
here are the nr (nroff) source files.

> In fact, perhaps it's better to merge the reference
> manual into the mail(1) man page completely?

Sounds possible.

> Or
> at least add the sources into the base OS too?

A pointer to the locally installed documentation
would be nice, as it belongs to the base system
just like the manpage does, even if it's just
mentioned in the SEE ALSO section.

> I understand mail is not very popular these days,
> but for me a combination of mail/mpack does all I need.

Maybe it looks to you that it's not popular among users,
but it's very popular among programs. :-)

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