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Biff Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    biff n : (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose" [syn: punch, clout, poke, lick] v : strike, usually with the fist; "The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators" [syn: pummel, pommel]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Biff'


biff is a mail notification system for UNIX.

When a new mail message is delivered, the program biff alerts the recipient so he can read it immediately. The alert is sent to the tty where the recipient is logged in, and contains the Subject, From line, and first few lines of the body of the new message. The alert also includes terminal beeps to guarantee quick attention.

Notification is enabled by the command

and disabled by

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