fastmail(1)fastmail(1)NAMEfastmail - quick batch mail interface
bcc-list] cc-list] comments] from-name]
from-addr] in-reply-to] reply-to] references]
subject] filename address-list
The command is a simple interface to the mail system that allows you to
send a message without the overhead of an interactive mailer. It is
particularly efficient in batch-processing mail to very large groups of
All addresses should be full e-mail addresses, aliases in the file, or
local login names.
recognizes the following options:
Include a header entry. Send blind carbon copies to the
comma-separated list of addresses in bcc-list.
Include a header entry. Send carbon copies to the comma-
separated list of addresses in cc-list.
Include a header entry with the string value comments.
Debug. Display information on processing steps.
Replace the user name in the
header entry with from-name.
If the user is and the user name is then the
default line is:
The option changes it to:
Replace the address in the
header entry with from-addr. In the example
above, changes the original entry to
Include the header entry with the string value in-reply-to.
This is usually used to identify a message that
you are replying to.
Include the header entry with the single address given in
replyto. This is the address where replies will
usually be sent, instead of to the address given
in the header entry, very common with mailing
Include a header entry containing the string value refer‐
Include a header entry containing the value subject. If
this option is omitted, the message is sent with‐
out a subject entry.
recognizes the following operands:
address-list A list of one or more blank-separated addresses
for the header line. These are the principal
recipients of the message.
filename Either the name of a file containing the message,
or a dash to read from standard input.
A Fully Specified Command
This command has every option specified.
The online execution displays the following debug messages:
The received message has the following relevant header entries:
The header entry is not transmitted.
A Batch Process
Suppose you are user on machine and you have a shell script named that
contains the following lines:
would mail a copy of the file to and staggered ten seconds apart.
would also silently receive a copy of the first message in the mail.
Each resultant message would include the header lines:
Mail transport agent.
was developed by HP.
SEE ALSOelm(1), sendmail(1M).
RFC 822 "Standard for the Format of Internet Text Messages"