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dist(1mh)							     dist(1mh)

Name
       dist - redistribute a message to additional addresses

Syntax
       dist [ msg ] [ +folder ] [ options ]

Description
       Use to redistribute a message to addresses that are not on the original
       address list.

       You can specify the message which you want to redistribute by giving  a
       message	number	as  the	 msg argument.	If you do not supply a message
       number, takes the current message.  You can only redistribute one  mes‐
       sage  at	 a  time.  You can also specify a message in another folder by
       giving the +folder argument.  This argument can be used in  conjunction
       with the msg argument.

       The  program is similar to The main difference between the two commands
       is that encapsulates the message, whereas merely resends it.  You  can‐
       not  add	 any  new text of your own to a message that you re-distribute
       using A message that has been forwarded will appear to have  been  sent
       by  the	person	who  forwarded	the  message.  A message that has been
       redistributed using will appear to have come from  the  sender  of  the
       original	 message.   This is shown in the scan listing of the messages.
       In the following example, messages 1 and 2 are identical apart from the
       method used to send the message on to additional recipients:
	  1  20/06 goodman	      ULTRIX <<As you will see from th
	  2+ 21/06 John		      As previous, but forwarded <<---

       When you use you will get a message form to fill in with the details of
       the additional recipients.  The default message form contains the  fol‐
       lowing elements:
       Resent-To:
       Resent-cc:

       If  the file named exists in your Mail directory, standardly it is used
       instead of the standard mail header.  If the option -form  formfile  is
       given, it overrides both of these.

       You  can	 only  put  recognized header lines in your message form.  The
       program recognizes values in the following fields:
       Resent-To:
       Resent-cc:
       Resent-Bcc:
       Resent-Fcc:
       Resent-Xmts:

       The headers and the body of the original	 message  are  copied  to  the
       draft  when  the	 message is sent.  You cannot add any new body text of
       your own when redistributing a message with

       If you do not have a draft folder set up, creates the message form in a
       file called in your Mail directory.  This file must be empty before you
       can create a new draft, which means that you can only store  one	 draft
       at  a time.  If it is not empty, the mail system asks you what you want
       to do with the existing contents.  The options are:

       quit	 Aborts leaving the draft intact.

       replace	 Replaces the existing	draft  with  the  appropriate  message
		 form.

       list	 Displays the draft message.

       refile	 Refiles  the  existing draft message in the specified folder,
		 and provides a new message form for you to complete.

       If you want to be able to have more than one draft at a time,  you  can
       set  up	a  draft folder in your This allows you to keep as many unsent
       drafts as space allows, and still create new messages as you wish.   To
       do this, make sure that the following line is in your
       Draft-folder: +drafts
       For more information on how to do this, see

       You  cannot  store  unsent messages created using in your draft folder.
       If you attempt to do so, only the message form is  stored.   This  does
       not  contain  the  original message that you are redistributing, so you
       will not be able to send it later.

       If you use to reply to a message resent to you by the reply will go  to
       the  sender  of	the  original message, rather than the person who for‐
       warded it to you.  The command ignores the Resent-xxx: fields when cre‐
       ating the header for your draft reply.

Options
       -annotate
       -noannotate
		 Annotates  the message that you are redistributing.  The fol‐
		 lowing lines are added to the message	that  you  are	redis‐
		 tributing:
		 Resent: date
		 Resent: addrs
		 The  first  line  records  the	 time at which the message was
		 redistributed; the second records the addresses of the recip‐
		 ients of the redistributed message.

		 The  command  only  annotates messages when they are success‐
		 fully sent.  If you do not send the message  immediately  and
		 file the unsent draft, it will not be annotated.

       -draftfolder +folder
       -nodraftfolder
		 Specifies  the	 folder in which the draft message is created.
		 If you do not send the draft, the mail system will  store  it
		 in this folder.

		 This  option  is usually set up in your See for more informa‐
		 tion.	If you have this option set up, you can override it by
		 using the -nodraftfolder option.

       -draftmessage file-name
		 Specifies the file in which the draft message is created.  If
		 no absolute pathname is given, the file is assumed to	be  in
		 your  Mail  directory, standardly If you do not send the mes‐
		 sage, it is stored in the named file until you delete it,  or
		 send it at a later date.

       -editor editorname
		 Specifies  the	 editor that you want to use to edit your for‐
		 warded message.

		 You can also set up an editor in  your	 file;	see  for  more
		 information.

       -form formfile
		 Specifies the message header to be used in the draft message.
		 If this option is present, takes the header of the draft mes‐
		 sage from the named file.  If this option is not present, the
		 header is taken from the file	in  your  Mail	directory,  or
		 failing that, from the mail system default header.

       -inplace
       -noinplace
		 Causes	 annotation  to be done in place, to preserve links to
		 the annotated message.	  This	option	only  works  with  the
		 -annotate option.

       -help	 Prints a list of the valid options for this command.

       -noedit	 Suppresses editing of the draft message altogether.

       -whatnowproc program
       -nowhatnowproc
		 Specifies  an	alternative  program.	Normally,  invokes the
		 default program.  See for a discussion of available  options.
		 You  can  specify your own alternative to the default program
		 using the -whatnowproc program option.	  If  you  do  specify
		 your own program, you should not call it

		 You  can  suppress the program entirely by using the -nowhat‐
		 nowproc option.  However, as the program normally starts  the
		 initial edit, the -nowhatnowproc option will prevent you from
		 editing the message.

       The defaults for are:

	      +folder defaults to the current folder
	      msg defaults to cur
	      -noannotate
	      -nodraftfolder
	      -noinplace

Profile Components
       Path:	       To determine your Mail directory (<mh-dir>)
       Draft-Folder:   To find the default draft folder
       Editor:	       To override the default editor
       fileproc:       Program to refile the message
       whatnowproc:    Program to ask the What now? questions

Files
       The default system template for re-distributed messages.

       The user-supplied alternative to the default system template.

       The user profile.

       The draft file.

See Also
       comp(1mh), forw(1mh), repl(1mh), send(1mh), whatnow(1mh)

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