Solaris Advanced User's Guide

Saving and Copying Messages in Files

To save a message into a file, use the following command form at the mailx prompt.

s number filename

where number is the number of the message to be saved and filename is the file where you want to save the message. For example, to save message 3 into a file called ~/notes/finance, you would type:

& s 3 ~/notes/finance

Remember that in a path name, the ~ represents your home directory.

You can also save several messages at once to the same file. For example, to save messages 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to ~/notes/finance, type the following command.

& s 3 5-8 ~/notes/finance

If the file you specify does not exist, mailx creates it. If the file does exist, mailx appends the message you are saving to the end of the file.

Saving a file removes it from your mailbox. mailx displays an asterisk (*) next to the header of any message than has been saved.

To leave the message in your mailbox while appending it to another file, use the copy command, as follows:

& c 3 ~/notes/finance