Section: Linux\-PAM Manual (8)
pam_mail - Inform about available mail
pam_mail.so [close] [debug] [dir=maildir] [empty] [hash=count] [noenv] [nopen] [quiet] [standard]
The pam_mail PAM module provides the "you have new mail" service to the user. It can be plugged into any application that has credential or session hooks. It gives a single message indicating the
of any mail it finds in the user's mail folder. This module also sets the PAM environment variable,
MAIL, to the user's mail directory.
If the mail spool file (be it
or a pathname given with the
parameter) is a directory then pam_mail assumes it is in the
Indicate if the user has any mail also on logout.
Print debug information.
Look for the user's mail in an alternative location defined by
maildir/<login>. The default location for mail is
/var/mail/<login>. Note, if the supplied
is prefixed by a '~', the directory is interpreted as indicating a file in the user's home directory.
Also print message if user has no mail.
Mail directory hash depth. For example, a
of 2 would make the mail file be
Do not set the
Don't print any mail information on login. This flag is useful to get the
environment variable set, but to not display any information about it.
Only report when there is new mail.
Old style "You have..." format which doesn't show the mail spool being used. This also implies "empty".
MODULE TYPES PROVIDED
(on establishment and deletion of credentials) module types are provided.
Memory buffer error.
Badly formed arguments.
User not known.
Add the following line to
to indicate that the user has new mail when they login to the system.
session optional pam_mail.so standard
pam_mail was written by Andrew G. Morgan <firstname.lastname@example.org>.