I need to send a few reports everyday as a mail attachment. I’m using FreeBSD 6.2 server. How do I send mail from a command line or a shell script?
You can easily send email attachment using mutt mail client. It works from command line or a shell prompt. However mutt is not installed by default. You need to install mutt command. mutt command also works under UNIX and Linux like operating systems.
Install mutt under FreeBSD
Mutt is a small but very powerful text based program for reading electronic mail under unix operating systems, including support color terminals, MIME, and a threaded sorting mode. Use the pkg_add command to install binary software package distributions, enter:
# pkg_add -v -r mutt
Alternatively, you can use FreeBSD ports collections:
# cd /usr/ports/mail/mutt
# make install clean
FreeBsd command line mail attach with mutt
Send reports.tar.gz file to firstname.lastname@example.org as attachment, enter:
$ mutt -s "Reports" -a reports.tar.gz email@example.com < /dev/null
$ mutt -s "Subject" -a reports.tar.gz firstname.lastname@example.org < /tmp/mail-message.txt
- -a file : Attach a file to your message using MIME.
- -s subject : Specify the subject of the message.
For multiple file attachments use -a for each file as follows:
$ mutt -s "Subject" -a file1.tar.gz -a file2.tar.gz email@example.com < /dev/null
For more information read mutt command man page:
$ man mutt