The Mail facility allows users to send messages to other CA TPX users. Usually, these messages appear on the user's terminal when the user presses an AID key.
If your site is authorized for the MAIL file, users can also send messages directly to other users' mailboxes, so that users can review the message the next time they check their mailbox. You can also maintain user lists to easily send messages to a specific group of users.
With the mail facility, users can specify message recipients not only by user IDs, but through a wide variety of methods, such as users of a specific application, or terminal, or session, and so on.
The user administrator can control which features of the mail facility users can select. When a user displays the Mail Menu panel, if an option is not highlighted, the user is not allowed to use it.
Command authorization is maintained with online administration, in the Command Authorization Class option under User/Group Maintenance. For information on maintaining command authorization classes online, see Administrating.
Users can, if authorized, create and maintain userlists in the mail facility. By creating your own personal userlists, or using public userlists, you can send a single message to a group of users simultaneously.
The userlists can contain not only lists of user IDs, but also lists of terminal IDs, application names, or any other type of identifier that can be used to specify mail recipients. This allows users to easily send messages to specific groups of users.
There are three types of userlists, as described in the following table:
|Type of Userlist||Description|
|General||Created or modified by any system administrator.
Can be used by any user.
The creator can specify that users cannot browse or copy the contents of the list.
|Group||Owned by a user group.
Can be created or edited by any user administrator who is authorized to administer the user group that owns the list.
Can always be used, browsed, and copied by members of the user group.
The creator can specify that users outside the user group cannot use and/or browse and copy the contents of the list.
|Personal||Created or modified by a single user.
The creator can specify that other users cannot use and/or browse and copy the contents of the list.
The batch administration facility can be used to send and delete mail messages. For information on performing mail functions with the batch facility, see Batch Administration.
With the batch facility, the administrator can also purge expired mail messages.
Mail locators create an association between a mail message text and the users who have that message in their mailbox. The message text exists once, but has a mail locator for each user's mailbox that contains the message. The mail locators are maintained in the VSAM file named MAIL. Mail messages are also maintained in that file.
Mail locators can be extracted and deleted using the batch administration facility. For information on performing mail functions with the batch facility, see Batch Administration.