RUN-MAILCAP(1) Run Mailcap Programs RUN-MAILCAP(1)
run-mailcap, view, see, edit, compose, print - execute programs via
entries in the mailcap file
run-mailcap --action=ACTION [--debug] [MIME-TYPE:[ENCODING:]]FILE [...]
The see, edit, compose and print versions are just aliases that default
to the view, edit, compose, and print actions (respectively).
run-mailcap (or any of its aliases) will use the given action to pro
cess each mime-type/file in turn. Each file is specified as its mime-
type, its encoding (e.g. compression), and filename together, separated
by colons. If the mime-type is omitted, an attempt to determine the
type is made by trying to match the files extension with those in the
mime.types files. If the encoding is omitted, it will also be deter
mined from the files extensions. Currently supported encodings are
gzip (.gz), bzip (.bz), bzip2 (.bz2), and compress (.Z). A filename of
"-" can be used to mean "standard input", but then a mime-type must be
Both the users files (~/.mailcap; ~/.mime.types) and the system files
(/etc/mailcap; /etc/mime.types) are searched in turn for information.
extract-mail-attachment msg.txt | see image/tiff:gzip:-
All options are in the form --=.
Performs the specified action on the files. Valid actions are
view, compose, composetyped, edit and print. If no action is
specified, the action will be determined by how the program was
Turns on extra information to find out what is happening. Any
value other than zero (0) will turn on debugging output.
run-mailcap (and its aliases) was written by Brian White
run-mailcap (and its aliases) is in the public domain (the only true
Debian Project 1st Jan 2008 RUN-MAILCAP(1)