Full Name From Message Header with Mailx

August 16th, 2009

Too bad its not a little easier to get full "From" headers with mailx. Two possibilities:

  • Postfix canonical header rewrites to include full name in message headers (not currently available)
  • Mailrc would grab the information from the passwd getent

Its possible to manually add a customized from message header with mailx on the command line, but for some reason its not possible to set the message header in .mailrc.

I found a workaround here, which creates a wrapper to /usr/lib/sendmail and sets the full name in the from header like this:


set sendmail=~/bin/mymailx


(echo "From: Full Name <>"; cat ) | /usr/lib/sendmail $@
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