faces, seemail, vwhois - mailbox interface
faces [ -ih ] [ -m maildir ]
vwhois person ...
The faces command monitors incoming mail and displays in its window a
representation of the user's mail box using a small image for each mes‐
sage. The image is typically a portrait of the sender. Which image to
display is determined by two directories /usr/$user/lib/face and
/lib/face. Entries in /usr/$user/lib/face take priority over those in
/lib/face. See face(6), for how these directories are organised.
If the user is running plumber(4), faces reacts to plumb messages to
the seemail port, typically from upas/fs, and is thus notified of mes‐
sage additions and deletions.
Right-clicking on a message icon causes that message to be `plumbed' to
showmail. A typical plumb action will be to display the message, such
as by the rule
plumb start window mail -s $0
The acme(1) mail reader listens to the showmail port automatically.
If the user is not running plumber, faces reads the log file and right-
clicking has no effect.
If arrows are visible, clicking on them will scroll the display. Mid‐
dle-clicking on the arrows scrolls to the end.
Starting faces with the -i flag causes faces to read the messages in
/mail/fs/mbox — or the mailboxes specified with the -m flag — upon
The -m option directs faces to watch for messages arriving in maildir
instead of /mail/fs/mbox. Multiple -m flags may be used to watch mul‐
The -h flag causes a different, venerable behavior in which the window
displays the history of messages received rather than the current state
of the mail box. In particular, faces are not removed from the screen
when messages are deleted. Also, in this mode clicking button 1 in the
display will clear the window.
Seemail is an rc(1) script that invokes faces -h.
Vwhois tells faces to display the icons of the named persons, without
sending a message.
/mail/fs/mbox mail directory.
SEE ALSOmail(1), marshal(1), nedmail(1), plumber(4), face(6), plumb(6)FACES(1)