OpenBSD: Sendmail with Attachment from Shell
A script to achieve sending an e-mail with attachment from shell in OpenBSD…
sendmail command available in OpenBSD does not provide all the options known from versions available in other operating systems (e.g.
-a to attach files). Therefore, a tiny workaround (script) needs to be done in order to achieve sending an e-mail with attachment from command-line interface (CLI).
OpenBSD uses ksh (public domain Korn shell) as the default shell. Most probably, the following script will work in other shells as well:
(echo -e "From: Name Surname <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: The Subject of the E-mail To: Name Surname <email@example.com> The first line of the body (message), the second line of the body of the e-mail." \ | sed 's/^[[:space:]]*//;s/[[:space:]]*$//' \ ; uuencode /path/to/file file-name) \ | sendmail -t
A couple of notes to the script:
echocommand provides details regarding the sender and recipient including the subject field and message body.
sedcommand replaces from the
echocommand all trailing spaces, which were indented to provide better code transparency and understanding.
- The uuencode command (Unix-to-Unix encoding) is a software to performs binary-to-text encoding, which is used for data transmission in e-mail systems. Even though it has now been largely replaced by Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) with Base64 encoding and yEnc, it is sufficient for the aforementioned purposes.