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Read mail on the local system
Be aware that by default, system messages may be emailed to the root user on the local system and that a third-party MUA may not be installed. Be able to both read and send mail using the built-in mail(1) command. Know the location of user mailbox files.
cron job output is emailed. cron -l. see cron. see cron run.
(Maybe refer to section Configure the scripts that run periodically to perform various system maintenance tasks and/or section Configure an action to be scheduled by cron(8)).
location of mailboxes, /var/mail/... read mailboxes with mail -f
Show example of files that may indicate which MTA is in use. wrapper/alias file somewhere.
Refer to section Determine which MTA is being used on the system
write an email,
reply to an email,
add new folder 'questions', add message 1 to folder 'questions'
mail(1), /var/mail/\$USER, cron(8)