Mail on OpenVMS

01-04-2018 | Remy van Elst


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Last week I registered myself with the DECUServe OpenVMS system. I found out how to navigate the filesystem and create files and folders, it was awesome.

This week I learned how to use the OpenVMS MAIL program to read and reply to an email I got from George Cornelius, another user on the DECUServe system

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MAIL

This blog item was put together using HP Enterprise's online documentation on the MAIL program.

I saw that George had send me an email, after we had a chat using the OpenVMS phone program. See my earlier article on that.

Login to your OpenVMS system and open the MAIL program:

 $ mail

You have 1 new message.

MAIL>

If you have new mail, you can just press ENTER on this prompt to read the first new email:

#1          29-MAR-2018 03:52:33.56                                  NEWMAIL
From:   EISNER::CORNELIUS    "George Cornelius"
To:     EXAMPLE
CC:     CORNELIUS
Subj:   Hello again

Good talking with you, Remy.

[...]

MAIL>

To see an overview of all your messages, enter the DIR command at the MAIL> prompt:

MAIL> DIR
                                                                         NEWMAIL
      # From                 Date         Subject

      1 EISNER::CORNELIUS    29-MAR-2018  Hello again

MAIL>

To open messages, just press ENTER and the first message opens. Keep pressing ENTER to read all messages. When no more messages are available, the following message will be displayed:

MAIL>
%MAIL-E-NOMOREMSG, no more messages

Reply

To reply to a message, when opened, type REPLY at the mail prompt:

To:     EISNER::CORNELIUS
Subj:   RE: Hello again
Enter your message below. Press CTRL/Z when complete, or CTRL/C to quit:

When you're done typing your message, press CTRL+Z to send it:

(CTRL+Z)
Press RETURN to continue reading your mail

MAIL>

Send mail

At the MAIL> prompt, type SEND to start the interactive mail send program:

 $ mail

MAIL> send
To:     USERNAME
Subj:   Test message
Enter your message below. Press CTRL/Z when complete, or CTRL/C to quit:
Hi USERNAME,

This is a test message since I'm now trying to figure out the mail program.

Hope you're doing well.

Cheers,
Remy
(CTRL+Z)  Exit

MAIL>

To send a message to an actual email address, type their full email address at the To: prompt.

From the DECUS system, it will arrive:

A reply will show up in your OpenVMS shell:

 $ 
New mail on node EISNER from IN%"example@example.nl"  "Remy van Elst"

From Google Apps the email looks a bit messed up due to all the headers:

 $ mail

You have 1 new message.

MAIL>
    #1          31-MAR-2018 15:26:54.11                                  NEWMAIL
From:   IN%"rEXAMPLE@rEXAMPLE.nl"  "Remy van Elst"
To:     IN%"EXAMPLE@encompasserve.org"  "Remy Van Elst"
CC:
Subj:   RE: Tesrt message

Return-path: <rEXAMPLE@rEXAMPLE.nl>
Received: from mail-lf0-f47.google.com
 (mail-lf0-f47.google.com [209.85.215.47]) by Encompasserve.org
 (PMDF V6.7-x02 #1529) with ESMTPS id <01QQSJ9Q4TDO000DJW@Encompasserve.org>
 for EXAMPLE@Encompasserve.org (ORCPT EXAMPLE@encompasserve.org); Sat,
 31 Mar 2018 15:26:53 -0400 (EDT)
Received: from mail-lf0-f47.google.com ([209.85.215.47] EXTERNAL)
 (EHLO mail-lf0-f47.google.com) with TLS/SSL by Eisner.Encompasserve.org
 ([10.10.127.2]) (PreciseMail V3.2-7); Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:26:50 -0400
Received: by mail-lf0-f47.google.com with SMTP id j68-v6so16143869lfg.13 for
 <EXAMPLE@encompasserve.org>; Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:30:55 -0700 (PDT)
Received: by 10.46.157.81 with HTTP; Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:30:32 -0700 (PDT)
X-Received: by 10.46.57.19 with SMTP id g19mr2209803lja.127.1522524652887; Sat,
 31 Mar 2018 12:30:52 -0700 (PDT)
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2018 21:30:32 +0200
From: Remy van EXAMPLE <rEXAMPLE@rEXAMPLE.nl>
Subject: Re: Tesrt message
In-reply-to: <01QQSJ64CQ3M000H2O@Encompasserve.org>
To: Remy Van EXAMPLE <EXAMPLE@encompasserve.org>
Message-id: <CABcRdyR2v-N+EbF+CnrMfzaX2CFCudQuFG+sk3VMzR+BqNzu0A@mail.gmail.com>
MIME-version: 1.0
Content-type: multipart/alternative;
 boundary="Boundary_(ID_W2nyE6Xjtg2UAPih5wVTPQ)"
Received-SPF: pass (encompasserve.com: domain of rEXAMPLE.nl designates
 209.85.215.47 as permitted sender) client-ip=209.85.215.47;
 envelope-from=rEXAMPLE@rEXAMPLE.nl;
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=rEXAMPLE.nl; s=google;
 h=mime-version:in-reply-to:references:from:date:message-id:subject:to;
 bh=lKIiBr2zPziUkYl8cnUwPmF57r7kWxesulmzMGsLUUA=;
 b=FYO2LAQ2jj3S6UVoXtRu8sewbAwrpvK9uCaYbebiIAh/ApSZcSwgRDD55YG+/yOB0x
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 pVgSfCEly6X7W67A9T6cDldOtDVJgGLKgkEE0=
X-Google-DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=1e100.net;
 s=20161025; h=x-gm-message-state:mime-version:in-reply-to:references:from:date
 :message-id:subject:to; bh=lKIiBr2zPziUkYl8cnUwPmF57r7kWxesulmzMGsLUUA=;
 b=gKx7GBUmPgX2nxF8msbexWn+0597QNc6iq67iDKMlqX3wTtZN0wVvuzHq0BfMQmTlA
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 Q2giXIrGZ2aFlP+Jj72s3K0fYp0w4V8etD/YkewgiXecku+dI3LJsGfl7FuWGYAo9fUV oxUg==
X-Gm-Message-State: ALQs6tCqL1HNX8KNCoUPAQtVQqfoUs07X0itWRd9gg3IBnWaspdiyKFv
 Nl3RGyEsphnqwiLfdHwcqu48SHf6UBDMRlMQxYIjKSbH
X-Google-Smtp-Source:
 AIpwx4/DgnBB/lKiJUnzPegbcIFwywyYiss3nh7Ns7gTKOCvq5K5DWA+2PItMJ3L1vVOv5kZGZix26/WdPWpjOoRBNk=
X-PMAS-External: mail-lf0-f47.google.com [209.85.215.47] (EHLO
 mail-lf0-f47.google.com)
X-PMAS-REPUTATION_URI_NONSPAM: URI reputation check (0.000)
X-PMAS-VMF-OK: Envelope FROM: check: Source accepts mail for address (0.000)
X-PMAS-HDR-REFERENCES: Has a valid-looking References header (0.000)
X-PMAS-HDR-IN_REP_TO: Has a In-Reply-To header (0.000)
X-PMAS-BDY-MAILTO_LINK: Includes a URL link to send an email (0.100)

Press RETURN for more...

    #1          31-MAR-2018 15:26:54.11                                  NEWMAIL
X-PMAS-META-FROM_IS_TO2: Same From: and To: personal names,
 but not addresses (4.000)
X-PMAS-Spam-Level: ****
References: <01QQSJ64CQ3M000H2O@Encompasserve.org>
Original-recipient: rfc822;EXAMPLE@encompasserve.org
X-PMAS-Software: PreciseMail V3.2-7 [180329] (Eisner.Encompasserve.org)
X-PMAS-Final-Score: 4.100


--Boundary_(ID_W2nyE6Xjtg2UAPih5wVTPQ)
Content-type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT

Test message arrived.

Hugs and kisses back!



https://raymii.org

On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 9:24 PM, Remy Van Elst <EXAMPLE@encompasserve.org>
wrote:

> Hugs and kisses from  a test message
>
> Remy
>

--Boundary_(ID_W2nyE6Xjtg2UAPih5wVTPQ)
Content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Content-transfer-encoding: quoted-printable

--Boundary_(ID_W2nyE6Xjtg2UAPih5wVTPQ)--

Conclusion

Yay! Another OpenVMS facility I found out and used. I love this system, since 1977 it is rocking and still going strong!


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