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     UPASFS(4)                                               UPASFS(4)

          upasfs, startupasfs - mail file server

          upas/fs [ -f mailbox ] [ -bnps ] [ -m mntpoint ]


          Fs is a user level file system that reads mailboxes and pre-
          sents them as a file system.  A user normally starts fs in
          his/her profile after starting plumber(4) and before start-
          ing a window system, such as rio(1) or acme(1). The file
          system is used by nedmail and acme(1)'s mail reader to parse
          messages.  Fs also generates plumbing messages used by biff
          and faces(1) to provide mail announcements.

          Startupasfs is a shell script suitable for use in one's pro-
          file.  It runs fs -s for the invoking user if none is
          already running, and always mounts the user's posted fs on

          The mailbox itself becomes a directory under /mail/fs.  Each
          message in the mailbox becomes a numbered directory in the
          mailbox directory, and each attachment becomes a numbered
          directory in the message directory.  Since an attachment may
          itself be a mail message, this structure can recurse ad nau-

          Each message and attachment directory contains the files:

          body          the message minus the RFC822 style headers
          cc            the address(es) from the CC: header
          date          the date in the message, or if none, the time
                        of delivery
          digest        an SHA1 digest of the message contents
          disposition   inline or file
          filename      a name to use to file an attachment
          from          the from address in the From: header, or if
                        none, the address on the envelope.
          header        the RFC822 headers
          info          described below, essentially a summary of the
                        header info
          inreplyto     contents of the in-reply-to: header
          mimeheader    the mime headers
          raw           the undecoded MIME message
          rawbody       the undecoded message body
          rawheader     the undecoded message header
          replyto       the address to send any replies to.
          subject       the contents of the subject line

     UPASFS(4)                                               UPASFS(4)

          to            the address(es) from the To: line.
          type          the MIME content type
          unixheader    the envelope header from the mailbox

          The info file contains the following information, one item
          per line.  Lists of addresses are single-space separated.

          sender address                  filename
          recipient addresses             SHA1 digest
          cc addresses                    bcc addresses
          reply address                   in-reply-to: contents
          envelope date                   RFC822 date
          subject                         message senders
          MIME content type               message id
          MIME disposition                number of lines in body

         Deleting message directories causes the message to be
         removed from the mailbox.

         The mailbox is reread and the structure updated whenever the
         mailbox changes.  Message directories are not renumbered.

         The file /mail/fs/ctl is used to direct fs to open/close new
         mailboxes or to delete groups of messages atomically.  The
         messages that can be written to this file are:

         open path mboxname          opens a new mailbox.  path is
                                     the file to open, and mboxname
                                     is the name that appears under
         close mboxname              close mboxname. The close takes
                                     affect only after all files open
                                     under /mail/fs/mboxname have
                                     been closed.
         delete mboxname number ...  Delete the messages with the
                                     given numbers from mboxname.

         The options are:

         -ffile   use file as the mailbox instead of the default,
         -b       stands for biffing.  Each time new mail is
                  received, a message is printed to standard output
                  containing the sender address, subject, and number
                  of bytes.  It is intended for people telnetting in
                  who want mail announcements.
         -n       Don't open a mailbox initially.  Overridden by -f.
         -p       turn off plumbing.  Unless this is specified, fs
                  sends a message to the plumb port, seemail, from
                  source mailfs for each message received or deleted.
                  The message contains the attributes
                  sender=<contents of from file>, filetype=mail,

    UPASFS(4)                                               UPASFS(4)

                  mailtype=deleted or new, and length=<message length
                  in bytes>.  The contents of the message is the full
                  path name of the directory representing the mes-
         -s       causes fs to post itself in /srv with a name of the
                  form /srv/upasfs.user.
         -m       specifies a mount point other than /mail/fs.

         Fs will exit once all references to its directory have dis-

         Fs interprets mailbox file names of the form
         /proto/host/user to mean access an account on host using the
         given protocol.  Authentication is delegated to factotum(4).
         The final /user may be omitted, in which case the user name
         is gleaned from the key held by factotum. The following pro-
         tocols are supported:

         pop      cleartext POP with password authentication
         apop     cleartext POP with challenge-response (APOP)
         poptls   TLS-encrypted POP with password authentication
         apoptls  TLS-encrypted POP with challenge-response (APOP)
         imap     cleartext IMAP
         imaps    TLS-encrypted IMAP

         The two IMAP protocols allow an optional fourth field speci-
         fying a mailbox name, for example /imap/server/user/stored.

         Poptls and apoptls connect to port 110 in plaintext and
         start TLS using the POP STLS command.  Pops and apops con-
         nect to port 995 and start TLS before initiating the POP
         conversation.  Imaps connects to port 993 and starts TLS
         before initiating the IMAP conversation.  There should prob-
         ably be an imaptls protocol as well.  (Imaptls would connect
         to port 143 in plaintext and start TLS using the IMAP START-
         TLS command.  (That's the nice thing about standards-there's
         so many to choose from.))

         /mail/box/*              mail directories
         /mail/box/*/mbox         mailbox files
         /mail/box/*/L.reading    mutual exclusion lock for multiple
                                  mbox readers
         /mail/box/*/L.mbox       mutual exclusion lock for altering


    UPASFS(4)                                               UPASFS(4)


         aliasmail(8), faces(1), filter(1), mail(1), marshal(1),
         mlmgr(1), nedmail(1), qer(8), rewrite(6), send(8), upasfs(4)