Email Multiple File Attachments From Solairs / AIX / HP-UX / UNIX / Linux Command Line

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Hey quick question – How do I mail files from IBM AIX / HP-UX Unix as attachments from my shell scripts or command line?

If you have mutt email client installed, try the mutt command as described here. If you don’t have the mutt command installed, use the following command to email files as attachment from UNIX command prompt or shell scripts.

Task: Email reports.tar.gz File

Type the uuencode command as follows:

uuencode reports.tar.gz reports.tar.gz | mailx -s "My Report" [email protected] 

Please note that the file name “reports.tar.gz” appears twice on the uuencode command line. You must use same name twice.

Task: Email new office photo along with text message read from a file

Type the command as follows;

(cat mymessage.txt; uuencode office.jpeg office.jpeg) | mail -s "Subject" [email protected]

Task: Send multiple attachments in a single email

Type the command as follows:
$ uuencode r1.tar.gz r1.tar.gz > /tmp/out.mail
$ uuencode r2.tar.gz r3.tar.gz >> /tmp/out.mail
$ uuencode r3.tar.gz r3.tar.gz >> /tmp/out.mail
$ cat email-body.txt >> /tmp/out.mail
$ mail -s "Reports" [email protected] < /tmp/out.mail

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Page last updated at 12:33 AM, April 18, 2012.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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26 comment

  1. Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time. I needed to send multiple attachments and was able to make a quick adjustment to do so:

    $ uuencode r1.tar.gz r1.tar.gz > /tmp/out.mail
    $ uuencode r2.tar.gz r3.tar.gz >> /tmp/out.mail
    $ uuencode r3.tar.gz r3.tar.gz >> /tmp/out.mail
    $ cat email.txt >> /tmp/out.mail
    $ mail -s “Reports” [email protected] < /tmp/out.mail

  2. Hi every one,

    Please, anybory knows how i send a e-mail with a attached file not on the body of e-mail, but like a file.txt.

    uuencode /tmp/test teste.txt | sendmail -v e-mail_adress

    With the above command it worked, but the command elm doesn´t send de attached file.


  3. Task: Send multiple attachments in a single email
    Or try this;
    $ (cat email-body.txt; uuencode r1.tar.gz r1.tar.gz && uuencode r2.tar.gz r2.tar.gz && uuencode r3.tar.gz r3.tar.gz) | mail -s "Subject" [email protected]


  4. If you are getting junk characters in your e-mail rather than an attachment, check to see if the text file you cat has a carriage return/new line at the end. If not uuencode does not seem to handle it properly.

  5. I cannot seem to send multiple files using AIX. The body and the first file appear properly, however the subsequent attachments show up as random text. Is it possible that my OS or Lotus notes can’t seem to process multiple requests? I have tried both the && suggestion and the /tmp/out.mail.

    Any thoughts?

  6. My requirement is that there is two log files i want to grep specific contents of both the files and save it in a file and then send a mail with the new file as an attachement.


  7. Is it possible to send multiple files using wildcards. I would like to do this.

    $ uuencode *.tar.gz *.tar.gz > /tmp/out.mail

    Is this possible to use wildcards like ” * ” or ” ? “.


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