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I have a VPS (virtual private server) running Debian Linux. When I login using PuTTY the console shows - "You have mail"

I have no idea on how to retrieve this email. Which software do I need to install? Which steps to follow?

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just type 'mail', it is the most basic way to read the mail. It should be installed by default on a Debian system, it comes from the mailutils package. Read the man page or type '?' to figure out commands to use.

But there are better ways to read the mail. As noted earlier, mailx is an improved version. Even more user-friendly are mutt, cone and (al)pine. All of these are packaged by Debian and can be installed by apt-get

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I like mutt, thanks :) –  Jan-Philip Gehrcke Mar 15 '13 at 15:45

mailx is present by default on most systems. Type mailx to invoke it. Read the manpages to understand how to navigate the mailx interface.

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