I’ve recently fallen into the world of Mac OS X. (Fallen, pushed; what is difference?)
I keep getting caught out by the little things that are just slightly different to what I’m used to in Linux.
Take the most recent example: the
anacron script set up on my Ubuntu box that would generate a summary of a previously-unseen messages in a user’s Gmail spam folder, and send it to that user. (Mostly because Mrs E kept forgetting to check hers.)
While I was perusing the
mail man page on Mac OS X, and reading up on various options on Google, I found that the Mac version had a useful
-E switch that would allow it to quietly abort if there was no message body, saving me the hassle of having to find a recent port of moreutils so that I could use the
The thing that got me stuck for ages was trying to find a replacement for the
-a switch in the GNU/Linux version of
Eventually, after much reading of man pages and search results, I realised that the answer had been staring me in the face for ages, I just wasn’t doing it correctly because the order of the parameters became more important:
echo Wibble | mail -s "Subject goes here" firstname.lastname@example.org -r "<email@example.com>" -F "Mail Sender"
That was harder than expected…
(Note to self: WordPress doesn’t tell you that it’s stripping out the content in angle brackets that you’ve just retyped three times…)