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BIFF(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual		       BIFF(1)

NAME
     biff -- be	notified if mail arrives and who it is from

SYNOPSIS
     biff [n | y]

DESCRIPTION
     Biff informs the system whether you want to be notified when mail arrives
     during the	current	terminal session.

     The following options are available:

     n	     Disable notification.

     y	     Enable notification.

     When mail notification is enabled,	the header and first few lines of the
     message will be printed on	your screen whenever mail arrives.  A "biff y"
     command is	often included in the file .login or .profile to be executed
     at	each login.

     Biff operates asynchronously.  For	synchronous notification use the MAIL
     variable of sh(1) or the mail variable of csh(1).

SEE ALSO
     csh(1), mail(1), sh(1), comsat(8)

HISTORY
     The biff command appeared in 4.0BSD.  It was named	after the dog of Heidi
     Stettner.	He died	in August 1993,	at 15.

BSD				 June 6, 1993				   BSD

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