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Everytime that login or any other user it will state that you have mail.  Even if there are no messages or no new messages it will still state this when telneting in to the system.  When using mail instead of pine to view mail you can see the internal fodler data message that it is counting as a message?  Is there a simple way to tell the message to display only if there are more than ONE instead of zero messages?
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It's login that prints the "You have mail" message and from the man page for login it says that, "the  file  with the user's name in /usr/spool/mail will be checked, and a message printed if it has non-zero length." Short of hacking login, or enabling a quiet login via ".hushlogin" (see "man login") you'll get the message if there is a non-zero sized mbox.
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