Using mail from the command line: if you want to send true
attachments (that show up in graphical mail clients as
attachments), you need something like "mutt" or CleanCode Email.
If it's just arbitrary text or a file you want to send, and
don't care about it looking like a real attachment, you can use
ordinary "mail" ("mailx" on some Unixes) at the command line. However,
that's NOT a mime attachment - it's just your file mixed in to
the mail message. However, some mail clients will see it and
treat it as a real attachment, so this may be "good enough":
mailx -s "This is it" someone@someplace <
more text" | mailx somebody somebodyelse firstname.lastname@example.org
You can use uuencode to send a binary file the same way, and
some mail clients may even display that as they would a "real"
However: that's NOT an attachment. Every time somebody asks this
question on the newsgroup, someone is sure to insist that it is,
but a simple visual examination of actual messages should show them
their error. The confusion is, of course, that some mail clients
will act as though the uuencoded text were a proper attachment.
That's fine if the people you are sending to use one of those
clients, but if there is any chance they do not, be safe: use
You can also use mpack to
put a file into MIME format.
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