elm is a menu-based tool for handling electronic mail; it can also be
called solely using the Unix shell prompt. The menu choices lead the
user through the steps of reading, creating, and managing mail.
Type "elm" at the Unix shell prompt to see the elm main menu. The
first time it is invoked elm may offer to create various configuration
files and/or folders for handling mail; allow it to create these as
needed in the places it suggests unless you require them to be located
If you have incoming unread mail in any folder, you can read it just
by using the cursor keys to highlight it and the pressing Return. To
send a new message, type "m" and answer the prompts for the recipient,
subject, and carbon copies (the default editor for mail composition is
vi). When you exit the editor, type "s" to send the message and return
to the menu.
Help from elm is available at any time by typing "?" and following the
prompts. Help is also available from the Unix man pages (type "man
There is no online tutorial for elm at this time.
From the main menu, type "q" to exit elm.