How to read root mail

Q In my daily activities I run my system as a normal user, not as root. So far, so good. What I want to know is if it's possible to read the mail of root while logged in as normal user. I run SUSE 8.2 and there I have the possibility of running a root console, but when I enter: root and password for root and after that enter: mail, I only get the mail of the logged-in user. I would like to see the mail of the root user but to do that I have to log out and log back in as root; and after reading the mail, I have to log out and them log back in again. There has to be a better way to read the mail of the root user without having to go through the whole logout and login process. Can you help?

A You can configure the mail routing for root through /etc/aliases, and mail can be delivered to any system user rather than the standard root user. Depending upon the mail software, you may have to run newaliases to rebuild the database used by the MTA (mail transfer agent).

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