9.2 Receiving Files
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    If somebody sends you a file through the mail, you'll have to go
through a couple of steps to get it into a form you can actually use.  If
you are using the simple mail program, go into mail and type
 
                w # file.name
 
where # is the number of the message you want to transfer and
file.name is what you want to call the resulting file.  In pine, call
up the message and hit your O key and then E.  You'll then be asked
for a file name. In elm, call up the message and hit your S key. 
You'll get something that looks like this:
 
                =file.request
 
     Type a new file name and hit enter (if you hit enter without
typing a file name, the message will be saved to another mail folder,
not your home directory).
    In all three cases, exit the mail program to return to your host
system's command line. Because the file has been encoded for mail
delivery, you now have to run a decoder.  At the command line, type
 
                uudecode file.name
 
where file.name is the file you created while in mail. Uudecode will
create a new, uncompressed binary file.  In some cases, you may have to
run it through some other programs (for example, if it is in "tar" form),
but generally it should now be ready for you to download to your own
computer (on which you might then have to run a de-compressor program
such as PKXZIP).