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Send a local file via email

Terminal - Send a local file via email
cat filename | uuencode filename | mail -s "Email subject" user@example.com
2009-09-21 04:13:50
User: amaymon
Functions: cat mail uuencode
Send a local file via email

uuencode the file to appear as an attachment


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
mutt your@email_address.com -s "Message Subject Here" -a attachment.jpg </dev/null
2009-12-10 22:49:38
Tags: mutt

Send it the easy way, with MIME and everything handled for you by an app that knows best.

mpack -s "Backup: $file" "$file" email@id.com
2009-12-11 04:03:06
User: sentinel
Tags: mutt

Another way of sending an attachment.

-s : subject

file : file to be sent

cat filename | mail -s "Email subject" user@example.com
2009-09-20 01:38:23
Functions: cat mail
Tags: cat mail

This just reads in a local file and sends it via email. Works with text or binary. *Requires* local mail server.

echo "see attached file" | mail -a filename -s "subject" email@address
2009-09-21 11:58:49
User: gnpf
Functions: echo mail
Tags: mail

if "mail -a" fail, try "mutt -a" or "nail -a"

{ echo -e "$body"; uuencode "$outfile" "$outfile"; } | mail -s "$subject" "$destaddr" ;
2009-12-10 18:08:59
User: glaudiston
Functions: echo mail uuencode
Tags: cat mail

on this way we can define the body too

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

In what package is uuencode ? I don't have it installed on my Ubuntu ...

Comment by CodSpirit 316 weeks and 1 day ago

why you don't use the "-a" switch from mail/nail/mutt binary?

echo "see attached file" | mail -a filename -s "subject" email@address

it depends on some distributions if the -a switch is available.


Comment by gnpf 316 weeks and 1 day ago

@CodSpirit this should help you : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=44147 but have a look at the second comment.

@gnpf : 'cos on the aix/sun/hp on which i'm working haven't the recent version. so no mutt, old mail. My command isn't the best way, but it's the best one when you dont have recent or fresh *nix install

Comment by amaymon 316 weeks and 1 day ago

Useless use of cat

uuencode filename filename | mail -s "Email subject" user@example.com
Comment by arcege 316 weeks and 1 day ago

@CodSpirit uuencode is included in the sharutils package on Ubuntu; used to be part of uucp.

Comment by arcege 316 weeks and 1 day ago

@arcege yes you're right but it never work for me :-(

Comment by amaymon 316 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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