I am trying to test the mail capabilities of my server. I simply do this mail -s "This is a test" [email protected], then it prompts me for Cc: then the body. After typing into the body I am hitting Control + D, however it seems that it is not exiting in the body. What am I missing here?

  • The problem may lie in the misconfiguration of mail. To detect that, run it in a debug mode: $mail -s "test" [email protected] --debug-level=3 In my case it hanged during sending body. You can find more information in this answer. Jan 31, 2016 at 21:24

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You don't need Control+D:

  1. mail -s "This is a test" [email protected] - hit ENTER
  2. Write eMail body text, when you're done, press ENTER.
  3. Enter a single dot on the new line, press ENTER again to complete the body.
  4. You're now asked to provide Cc: addresses, just skip this with ENTER

Voila, you're done.

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