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Controlling MAIL and MAIL$*.MAI files?

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The Question is:

We have loads of files called mail$*.mai where they are overflow more than 2
 blocks. Can we increase the 2 block parameter ?

The Answer is :

  These are individual mail messages, and the MAIL utility creates these
  for messages larger than about three blocks.  Shorter mail messages are
  stored in MAIL.MAI.  There is no particular way to alter the threshold
  setting for creation of these external files, short of patching or
  rebuilding the MAIL utility.
  You can use the SET MAIL_DIRECTORY command available within the OpenVMS
  MAIL utility to relocate these files into a specified subdirectory.

answer written or last revised on ( 20-MAY-2002 )

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