Mail/News Clients

Mail Clients help you retrieve (Fetchmail), sort (Procmail), read and compose responses (Nail, Mutt, Pine, Kmail, Balsa, Evolution, Mozilla) to email.

News clients also help you retrieve, sort, read and compose responses, but these messages travel through USENET (a worldwide bulletin board system) using the Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP).


Introduction to Nail

The Nail package contains a command-line Mail User Agent that is compatible with the mail command available in commercial Unix versions. The mail command is useful for writing scripts.

Package information

Nail dependencies


OpenSSL-0.9.7d and MTA

Installation of Nail

Install Nail by running the following commands. (Note: If you would like Nail to be linked against OpenSSL, add --with-openssl to the configure command mentioned below.)

./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make &&
make install &&
ln -sf nail /usr/bin/mail

Configuring Nail

Config files



The Nail package contains nail, a program compatible with mail found on commercial Unix versions.



nail is a command-line mail user agent.