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When I try this on Debian Squeeze

date |mail -s "mail test " myUser

with mail command get

No mail for myUser 
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it's debian, so I would presume you have exim running. what is in the mail log at /var/log/exim4/main? – Mark Regensberg Jul 17 '11 at 19:58

default the mail command isn't used to send mail but to read it.

on debian box install xmail to be able to send mail:

  aptitude install xmail

this will allow you to send mail using your command

 date |mail -s "mail test " myUser
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