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a mail notification tool

Variants:
biff is a small program that prints a message to your terminal when new email arrives. Actually, the message is printed by the comsat daemon, and biff just enables/disables the u+x permission flag for the terminal, which comsat uses to determine whether or not to write to your terminal.

biff is mainly of historic interest, since there are much better alternatives (such as xlbiff and gbuffy) that are network-aware and do not require a daemon. Although there are no known security problems, running additional services is often considered risky.

By default, the biff service is disabled. To use biff email notification, you must enable this service by running 'update-inetd --enable biff' after the package is installed. You may also need to modify the configuration of your mail transport agent to enable comsat notification.

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Package version:1:0.17.pre20000412-5
Architecture:armhf
Distribution:Debian
Filename:biff_0.17.pre20000412-5_armhf.deb

/usr/share/doc/biff/README.debian

biff for Debian
---------------

This version of biff was obtained from ftp.uk.linux.org:/pub/linux/Networking.
It is derived from BSD.

Martin Mitchell <martin@debian.org>

Comsat is disabled by default. To enable it, you need to run as root:
  update-inetd --enable biff

Be aware that this may be a security risk. You are recommended to firewall
off the comsat port (512/udp) from remote machines 
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/usr/share/man/man1/biff.1.gz

BIFF(1)              BSD General Commands Manual             BIFF(1)

NAME
     biff — be notified if mail arrives and who it is from

SYNOPSIS
     biff [ny]

DESCRIPTION
     Biff informs the system whether you want to be notified when
     mail arrives during the current terminal session.

     Options supported by biff:

     n     Disables notification.

     y     Enables notification.

  
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/usr/share/man/man8/in.comsat.8.gz

COMSAT(8)            BSD System Manager's Manual           COMSAT(8)

NAME
     comsat — biff server

SYNOPSIS
     comsat

DESCRIPTION
     Comsat is the server process which receives reports of incoming
     mail and notifies users if they have requested this service.
     Comsat receives messages on a datagram port associated with the
     “biff” service specification (see services(5) and
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/usr/share/doc/biff/ChangeLog.gz

14-Dec-99:
	biff+comsat-0.16 is released.

17-Oct-1999:
	Comsat now allows ttys in /dev/pts.
	Also, 
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/usr/share/doc/biff/changelog.Debian.gz

biff (1:0.17.pre20000412-5) unstable; urgency=low

  * fixed postrm nit when update-inetd not presen
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/usr/share/doc/biff/copyright

This version of biff was obtained from:
ftp.uk.linux.org:/pub/linux/Networking/netkit.

It has been 
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