monitoring incoming mailbox in console mode

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Wed Sep 8 19:07:15 UTC 2021

On Wed, 8 Sep 2021 14:45:36 +0200
Matthias Apitz <guru at> wrote:

> I want to monitor my mailbox below /var/mail/... when the system is only
> running in console mode, i.e. w/o X11 and KDE desktop. On new mail, i.e.
> when the last modified date of the mbox file is changing, it should
> produce the normal BEL signal. Do we have something in ports before I
> write my own script?

	Not in the ports, in the base system but I think biff(1) does what
you want.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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