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Version: 261161 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)

BSD mandoc
Linux NetKit (0.17-pre-20000412)


biff - be notified if mail arrives and who it is from


biff [ny ]


Biff informs the system whether you want to be notified when mail arrives during the current terminal session.

Options supported by biff

Disables notification.
Enables notification.

When mail notification is enabled, the header and first few lines of the message will be printed on your screen whenever mail arrives. A ``biff y '' command is often included in the file .login or .profile to be executed at each login.

Biff operates asynchronously via the comsat(8) service. If that service is not enabled, biff will not do anything. In that case, or for synchronous notification, use the MAIL variable of sh(1) or the mail variable of csh(1).


csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), comsat(8)


The biff command appeared in BSD 4.0


su(1), and biff don't seem to get on too well. This is probably due to the tty still being owned by the person using su. This can result in ``Permission denied '' messages when attempting to change the biff status of your session.

Please report bugs to including diffs/patches, compiler error logs or as complete a bug report as is possible.

Il est impossible d'écrire un cube comme somme de deux cubes, une
puissance quatrième comme somme de deux puissances quatrièmes et ainsi
de suite, excepté pour la puissance 2. J'ai trouvé une démonstration
merveilleuse, mais la marge de ce livre est trop petite pour qu'elle
puisse y tenir.
-+- Pierre de Fermat -+-