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MBOXGREP(1) General Commands Manual MBOXGREP(1)
mboxgrep - displays email messages matching a pattern
mboxgrep [OPTIONS] PATTERN [MAILBOX]
This manual page refers to mboxgrep version 0.7.9.
mboxgrep scans a MAILBOX and displays messages matching PATTERN.
If a mailbox name is ommited, or a single dash (-) is given instead, it reads from stan‐
dard input. It can read mbox folders or output from another mboxgrep process from stan‐
mboxgrep understands POSIX regular expressions, as well as Perl compatible regular expres‐
sions (if enabled at compile time). MAILBOX can be either a:
· mbox folder (either plain or compressed)
· MH folder
· Gnus nnmh or nnml folder
· qmail-style maildir folder
Display a help screen and exit.
Display version and copyright information and exit.
Descend into directories recursively.
PATTERN is an extended regular expression. This is default.
PATTERN is a basic regular expression.
PATTERN is a Perl regular expression. Works only if enabled at compile time.
Use PATTERN as a regular expression.
Ignore case distinctions.
Select messages which don't match PATTERN.
Match PATTERN against message headers.
Match PATTERN against message body.
Select file locking METHOD. METHOD is `fcntl', `flock', or `none'.
Do not lock files. This option is meaningful only if a mbox folder (see below) is
Suppress normal output and print a count of matching messages.
Suppress normal output and write messages to destination folder FOLDER instead.
Pipe each found message to COMMAND
Suppress normal output and delete selected messages instead. Use with caution.
Ignore duplicate messages.
Select input and output mailbox TYPE. TYPE can be either `mbox' (default), `zmbox'
(meaning `gzip compressed mbox'), `bz2mbox' (meaning `bzip2 compressed mbox'),
`mh', `nnml', `nnmh' or `maildir'.
· Search $MAIL for messages from Dirty Harry:
mboxgrep '^From:.*callahan@homicide\.SFPD\.gov' $MAIL
· Display all messages contained in folder ~/Mail/incoming, except those that appear
to originate from AOL:
mboxgrep -v 'Received:.*aol\.com' ~/Mail/incoming
Report them to address below.
Mboxgrep was alomost completely rewritten since version 0.5.3. Additionally, there was no
stable 0.6.x branch between 0.5.3 and 0.7.0.
grep(1), regex(7), perlre(1), mbox(5), RFC 2822
Mboxgrep is dedicated in loving memory of Vicky, my cat who died of tumor on Sep 12, 2002.
You haven't been long with us, but you gave us a lot of joy and all your big heart that
stopped ticking too early. I will never forget you. Sleep well, little friend.
Daniel Spiljar <dspiljar AT world.com>
24 Aug 2003 MBOXGREP(1)