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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.
biff for Debian --------------- This version of biff was obtained from ftp.uk.linux.org:/pub/linux/Networking. It is derived from BSD. Martin Mitchell <firstname.lastname@example.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 more»
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. more»
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 more»
14-Dec-99: biff+comsat-0.16 is released. 17-Oct-1999: Comsat now allows ttys in /dev/pts. Also, more»
biff (1:0.17.pre20000412-5) unstable; urgency=low * fixed postrm nit when update-inetd not presen more»
This version of biff was obtained from: ftp.uk.linux.org:/pub/linux/Networking/netkit. It has been more»