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=====Command Line Gmail Using msmtp/nail=====
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Although I prefer nail, there is also a mailx version of this script available here: UbuntuCommandLineGmail

====Now Available: Install Script====
Source: [[http://code.google.com/p/klenwell/source/browse/trunk/projects/bash/nail/setup_gmail_command_line.sh | setup_gmail_command_line.sh]]
Download: [[http://code.google.com/p/klenwell/downloads/detail?name=ubuntu_gmail_nail-v1.0.sh | ubuntu_gmail_nail-v1.0.sh]]

1. Download the script from http://code.google.com/p/klenwell/downloads/list. (Next steps assume you download it to dir ""<tt>/tmp</tt>"".

2. To completely automate installation, update your gmail settings at top of script:
$ gedit /tmp/ubuntu_gmail_nail-v1.0.sh

3. Make script executable and run with ""<tt>install</tt>"" command:
$ chmod 755 /tmp/ubuntu_gmail_nail-v1.0.sh
$ /tmp/ubuntu_gmail_nail-v1.0.sh install

Send a file with an attachment
$ echo -e "testing email from the command line" > /tmp/test_email
$ nail -s "nail gmail test" -a /tmp/test_email YOURNAME@gmail.com < /tmp/test_email
$ tail /tmp/msmtp.log

=====Manual Installation=====

Instructions on how to configure Ubuntu to enable email to be sent from the command line using your Gmail account. This is especially useful for automating local backups and other scripts.

This guide covers using the [[http://linux.die.net/man/1/nail | nail program]], which is my client of choice but is no longer in the main repositories. (Apparently, it is now known as [[http://heirloom.sourceforge.net/mailx.html | heirloom mailx]].) Find a guide for using mailx, which is part of the current Ubuntu repositories, here: [[UbuntuCommandLineGmail | Command Line Gmail Using msmtp/mailx]]

1. Add Breezy Repositories for Nail to Apt Sources
2. Install Necessary Packages
3. Configure msmtp
4. Configure nail
5. Test

===1. Install Necessary Packages===
Edit your source list:
$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines to the bottom of your sources.list file. These will enable you to apt-get nail:
# breezy repositories (added to install nail)
# see http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/ for more info
deb http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ breezy universe

Don't forget to update:
$ sudo apt-get update

===2. Install Necessary Packages===
$ sudo apt-get install msmtp nail

===3. Configure msmtp===
Create a new msmtp config file:
$ gedit ~/.msmtprc

Copy the following lines. Replace UPPERCASE text with your personal settings:
# config options: http://msmtp.sourceforge.net/doc/msmtp.html#A-user-configuration-file
logfile /tmp/msmtp.log

# isp account
account isp
auth login
port 25

# gmail account
account gmail
auth on
host smtp.gmail.com
port 587
user YOURNAME@gmail.com
from YOURNAME@gmail.com
tls on
tls_trust_file /usr/share/ca-certificates/mozilla/Equifax_Secure_CA.crt

# set default account to use (from above)
account default : gmail

Change permission on this file or msmtp will complain:
$ chmod 600 ~/.msmtprc

===4. Configure nail===
Open nail config file:
$ gedit ~/.mailrc

Copy the following lines and replace UPPERCASE text with your personal settings:
# set smtp for nail
# ref: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4531994&amp;amp;amp;amp;postcount=6

# gmail account (default)
# $ nail -s "subject line" -a /path/file recipient@email.com < /path/body.txt
set from="YOURNAME@gmail.com (YOURNAME)"
set sendmail="/usr/bin/msmtp"
set message-sendmail-extra-arguments="-a gmail"

# isp account (add -A option to command line)
# $ nail -A isp -s "subject line" -a /path/file recipient@email.com < /path/body.txt
account isp {
set sendmail="/usr/bin/msmtp"
set message-sendmail-extra-arguments="-a isp"

===5. Test===
Send a test message to your gmail account:
$ echo -e "testing email from the command line" > /tmp/test_email
$ nail -s "nail gmail test" YOURNAME@gmail.com < /tmp/test_email

Check your gmail account and you should have a message from yourself. You can also check your log:
$ tail /tmp/msmtp.log