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As it says on the tin really. I would like to send some of my etc files to a colleague and it would be handy to cat them to a new Thunderbird email message.

Is this possible? If so how?

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I use mutt for this (is a command line mail that can also attach files). – Rinzwind Jun 13 '11 at 8:30
@Rinzwind I know of mutt, but it is too much work to get it setup with the infernal Exchange server we have here at work so I was hoping to be able to use Thunderbird to save on setting it all up in an email client twice! :-) Thank you for the suggestion though. – Treffynnon Jun 13 '11 at 10:21
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Give this a try, it's working fine for me:

cat /etc/[file1] /etc/[file2] /etc/[file3] > ~/configs.txt && thunderbird -compose "subject='test',attachment='~/configs.txt'"

or (a revised command which will also print each filename):

for file in /etc/[file1] /etc/[file2] ; do echo -e '\n ****' $file '**** \n' >> ~/configs.txt ; cat $file >> ~/configs.txt ; done && thunderbird -compose "subject='test',attachment='~/configs.txt'"

Just replace the [fileX] names with the ones you're interested.

The above command will create a new file named configs.txt with all of the config files you want and add it as an attachment to a new 'compose mail' window in TB.

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I googled «thunderbird command-line», and this first hit seems to be what you want:

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+1 I didn't think to generalise my query like that. Good find. – Treffynnon Jun 13 '11 at 12:10

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