Mail DirectoryIn order to use the Astronomy Department's web mail, and to conform with the IMAP mail client configuration instructions, you will need to have a directory or link called mail under your Unix home directory. Many users already have this as their mail directory.
Some people have a directory called Mail, and others may have one called nsmail. These users will need to create a link.
Some people have no mail directory under their home directory. These people will need to create a directory called mail there.
Check to see if you have a mail directory
On a Solaris, Linux or Mac OS X computer, open a terminal window and ssh (in Windows, use SSH Secure Shell) to a Unix machine in the Astronomy Department such as meso.berkeley.edu.
If this last command returns
mail: No such file or directory, then you need to create a link to the directory where your mail is stored. If the command does not fail, check to see that you have some files there:
Creating a link to an existing mail directory named something other than mail
If you were not able to cd into a directory called mail, but you do have a mail directory, e.g., Mail, make a link:
ln -s Mail mail
Creating a new mail directory
If you have no existing mail directory, or if you want to make a fresh start, type the following:
When you are all finished, type
exitto end the ssh session. If you need assistance in making a link etc., please contact central@astro.
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