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Whenever I ssh to my server box, I get 'You have mail' along with banner message. Then I type mail, and go through msgs, by hitting enter, until At EOF shows up, and when I do quit or ctrl+d, and re-login to my server, I get same msg about You have mail...

Is there a manual for that mail utility?

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Have you tried man mail in the SSH terminal? –  Mokubai Mar 9 '13 at 7:47
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The manual is usually accessible using man mail, as with any other program.

You can tell it to delete all messages by entering d *, or just mark them as read with seen *.

The messages themselves are stored in /var/mail/$USER (or /var/spool/mail/$USER). If you have a MTA installed and configured, you can forward them to your real mailbox (e.g. Gmail) by putting the email address in the ~/.forward file.

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