Re: how do I get the "you have new mail"
"Jake" == Jake Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Jake> How do I get the message to say you have new mail at the
Jake> shell prompt? Is someting looking for a specific directory
Jake> or file?
$ echo $MAILCHECK
$ man bash
and look for MAIL, MAILCHECK and MAILPATH variables.
Of course this works for bash (another poster has already pointed out
biff to you, give it a shot too). Most "modern" shells have similar
functions (for csh I believe the variable is mail).