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MH(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual			 MH(1)

NAME
     mh — Message Handler

DESCRIPTION
     Mh is the name of a powerful message handling system.  Rather then being
     a single comprehensive program, mh consists of a collection of fairly
     simple single-purpose programs to send, receive, save, and retrieve mes‐
     sages.  The user should refer to the UNIX User's Supplementary Documents,
     document 8 (USD:8).

     Unlike mail, the standard UNIX mail user interface program, mh is not a
     closed system which must be explicitly run, then exited when you wish to
     return to the shell.  You may freely intersperse mh commands with other
     shell commands, allowing you to read and answer your mail while you have
     (for example) a compilation running, or search for a file or run programs
     as needed to find the answer to someone's question before answering their
     mail.

     The rest of this manual entry is a quick tutorial which will teach you
     the basics of mh.	You should read the manual entries for the individual
     programs for complete documentation.

     To get started using mh, put the directory /usr/contrib/mh-6.8/bin in
     your $PATH.  This is best done in one of the files: .profile, .login, or
     .cshrc in your home directory.  (Check the manual entry for the shell you
     use, in case you don't know how to do this.)  Run the inc command.	 If
     you've never used mh before, it will create the necessary default files
     and directories after asking you if you wish it to do so.

     Inc moves mail from your system maildrop into your mh `+inbox' folder,
     breaking it up into separate files and converting it to mh format as it
     goes.  It prints one line for each message it processes, containing the
     from field, the subject field and as much of the first line of the mes‐
     sage as will fit.	It leaves the first message it processes as your cur‐
     rent message.  You'll need to run inc each time you wish to incorporate
     new mail into your mh file.

     scan prints a list of the messages in your current folder.

     The commands: show, next, and prev are used to read specific messages
     from the current folder.  Show displays the current message, or a spe‐
     cific message, which may be specified by its number, which you pass as an
     argument to show, next, and prev display, respectively, the message
     numerically after or before the current message.  In all cases, the mes‐
     sage displayed becomes the current message.  If there is no current mes‐
     sage, show may be called with an argument, or next may be used to advance
     to the first message.

     Rmm (remove message) deletes the current message.	It may be called with
     message numbers passed as arguments, to delete specific messages.

     repl is used to respond to the current message (by default).  It places
     you in the editor with a prototype response form.	While you're in the
     editor, you may peruse the item you're responding to by reading the file
     @.	 After completing your response, type l to review it, or s to send it.

     Comp allows you to compose a message by putting you in the editor on a
     prototype message form, and then lets you send it.

     All the mh commands may be run with the single argument: `-help', which
     causes them to print a list of the arguments they may be invoked with.

     Commands which take a message number as an argument (scan, show, repl,
     ...) also take one of the words: first, prev, cur, next, or last to indi‐
     cate (respectively) the first, previous, current, next, or last message
     in the current folder (assuming they are defined).

     Commands which take a range of message numbers (rmm, scan, show, ...)
     also take any of the abbreviations:

     <num1>-<num2>     Indicates all messages in the range <num1> to <num2>,
		       inclusive. The range must be nonempty.

     <num>:+N	       Up to N messages beginning with message num.  Num may
		       be any of the pre-defined symbols: first, prev, cur,
		       next, or last.

     <num>:-N	       Up to N messages ending with) message num.  Num may be
		       any of the pre-defined symbols: first, prev, cur, next,
		       or last.

     first:N	       The first N messages, if they exist.

     prev:N	       The previous N messages, if they exist.

     next:N	       The next N messages, if they exist.

     last:N	       The last N messages, if they exist.

     There are many other possibilities such as creating multiple folders for
     different topics, and automatically refiling messages according to sub‐
     ject, source, destination, or content.  These are beyond the scope of
     this manual entry.

     Following is a list of all the MH commands:

	   ali(1)		list mail aliases
	   anno(1)		annotate messages
	   bbc(1)		check on BBoards
	   bboards(1)		the UCI BBoards facility
	   burst(1)		explode digests into messages
	   comp(1)		compose a message
	   dist(1)		redistribute a message to additional addresses
	   folder(1)		set/list current folder/message
	   folders(1)		list all folders
	   forw(1)		forward messages
	   inc(1)		incorporate new mail
	   mark(1)		mark messages
	   mhl(1)		produce formatted listings of MH messages
	   mhmail(1)		send or read mail
	   mhook(1)		MH receive-mail hooks
	   mhparam(1)		print MH profile components
	   mhpath(1)		print full pathnames of MH messages and
				folders
	   msgchk(1)		check for messages
	   msh(1)		MH shell (and BBoard reader)
	   next(1)		show the next message
	   packf(1)		compress a folder into a single file
	   pick(1)		select messages by content
	   prev(1)		show the previous message
	   prompter(1)		prompting editor front end
	   rcvstore(1)		incorporate new mail asynchronously
	   refile(1)		file messages in other folders
	   repl(1)		reply to a message
	   rmf(1)		remove folder
	   rmm(1)		remove messages
	   scan(1)		produce a one line per message scan listing
	   send(1)		send a message
	   show(1)		show (list) messages
	   slocal(1)		special local mail delivery
	   sortm(1)		sort messages
	   vmh(1)		visual front-end to MH
	   whatnow(1)		prompting front-end for send
	   whom(1)		report to whom a message would go

	   mh-alias(5)		alias file for MH message system
	   mh-format(5)		format file for MH message system
	   mh-mail(5)		message format for MH message system
	   mh-profile(5)	user customization for MH message system
	   mh-sequence(5)	sequence specification for MH message system
	   ap(8)		parse addresses 822-style
	   conflict(8)		search for alias/password conflicts
	   dp(8)		parse dates 822-style
	   fmtdump(8)		decode MH format files
	   install-mh(8)	initialize the MH environment
	   post(8)		deliver a message

     If problems are encountered with an mh program, the problems should be
     reported to the local maintainers of mh.  When doing this, the name of
     the program should be reported, along with the version information for
     the program.  To find out what version of an mh program is being run,
     invoke the program with the `-help' switch.  In addition to listing the
     syntax of the command, the program will list information pertaining to
     its version.  This information includes the version of mh, the host it
     was generated on, and the date the program was loaded.  A second line of
     information, found on versions of mh after #5.380 include mh configura‐
     tion options.  For example,
	   version: MH 6.8.1a #8[UCI] (vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU)
		   of Sun Jun 13 02:55:52 PDT 1993
	   options: [BIND] [BPOP] [BSD42] [BSD43] [BSD44] [DBMPWD] [MHE] [MHRC]
		   [MIME] [MORE='"/usr/bin/more"'] [NNTP] [NTOHLSWAP] [OVERHEAD]
		   [POP] [POP2] [POPSERVICE='"pop3"'] [POSIX] [RPOP] [SENDMTS]
		   [SMTP] [SPRINTFTYPE=int] [SYS5DIR] [TYPESIG=void] [UNISTD]
		   [VSPRINTF] [WAITINT] [WHATNOW] [ZONEINFO]
     The `6.8.1a #8[UCI]' indicates that the program is from the UCI mh 6.8.1a
     version of mh.  The program was generated on the host `vangogh.CS.Berke‐
     ley.EDU' on `Sun Jun 13 02:55:52 PDT 1993'.  It's usually a good idea to
     send the output of the `-help' switch along with your report.

     If there is no local mk maintainer, try the address Bug-MH.  If that
     fails, use the Internet mailbox Bug-MH@ICS.UCI.EDU.

BSD				 June 14, 1993				   BSD
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