Topics: AIX, System Admin

Sending attachments from AIX

How do you send an attachment via e-mail from AIX to Windows? Uuencode is the answer:

# uuencode [source-file] [filename].b64 | mail -v -s "subject" [email-address]
For example:
# uuencode /etc/motd motd.b64 | mail -v -s "Message of the day" email@hostname.com
The .b64 extension gets recognized by Winzip. When you receive your email in Outlook, you will have an attachment, which can be opened by Winzip (or any other unzip tool).

You can combine this into a one-liner:
# ( echo "This is the body";uuencode /etc/motd motd.b64 ) | mail -s "This is the subject" email@hostname.com
If you want to attach tar of gzip images to an e-mail, you can also simply use those extensions to send through email, as these extensions are also properly recognized by Winzip:
# uuencode file.tar file.tar | mailx -s "subject" email@hostname.com
# uuencode file.tar.gz file.tar.gz | mailx -s "subject" 
email@hostname.com




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