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msh(1mh)							      msh(1mh)

       msh - MH shell

       msh [ -help ] [ -prompt string ] [ file ]

       The  command  is an interactive program that implements a subset of the
       normal MH commands operating on a single file in format.	 That  is,  is
       used  to	 read a file that contains a number of messages, as opposed to
       the standard MH style of reading a number of files, each file  being  a
       separate message in a folder.

       The chief advantage of is that, unlike the normal MH style, it allows a
       file to have more than one message in it.  In addition, can be used  on
       other files, such as message archives which have been packed using

       When invoked, reads the named file, and enters a command loop.  You can
       type most of the normal MH commands.  The syntax and semantics of these
       commands	 typed	to  are	 identical to their MH counterparts.  In cases
       where the nature of would be inconsistent with the way  MH  works  (for
       example,	 specifying  a	+folder	 with some commands), will duly inform
       you.  The commands that currently supports are:
       ali	burst	 comp	 dist	  folder
       forw	inc	 mark	 mhmail	  msgchk
       next	packf	 pick	 prev	  refile
       repl	rmm	 scan	 send	  show
       sortm	whatnow	 whom

       In addition, has a command which gives a	 brief	overview  of  all  the
       options.	  To  terminate	 either type <CTRL/D>, or use the command.  If
       the file is writable and has been modified, then using will ask you  if
       the file should be updated.

       A  redirection facility is supported by Commands may be followed by one
       of the following standard ULTRIX symbols:

       |	 Open an  interprocess	channel;  connect  output  to  another
		 ULTRIX command.

       >	 Write output to file.

       >>	 Append output to file.

       If  file	 starts	 with a tilde (~), then a C-shell-like expansion takes
       place.  Note that commands are interpreted by

       When parsing commands to the left of any redirection symbol, will honor
       the backslash (\) as the quote next-character symbol, and double quotes
       (") as quote-word delimiters.  All other input tokens are separated  by
       white space (spaces and tabs).

       You  may	 wish to use an alternative profile for the commands that exe‐
       cutes; see for details of the $MH environment variable.

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

       -prompt string
		 Sets the prompt for If the string you specify includes	 white
		 space,	 you  must enclose it in double quotes (").  If you do
		 not specify this option, the default prompt is (msh).

       The following defaults are used by

	      file defaults to
	      -prompt (msh)

       The shell is not the C-shell, and a lot of the facilities  provided  by
       the latter are not present in the former.  In particular, does not sup‐
       port back-quoting, history substitutions,  variable  substitutions,  or
       alias substitutions.

       does not understand back-quoting.  The only effective way to use inside
       is to always use the -seq select option.	 If you add the following line
       to your will work equally well from both the shell and
       pick: -seq select -list

       There  is  a strict limit of messages per file in format which can han‐
       dle.  Usually, this limit is 1000 messages.

Profile Components
       Path:	      To determine your Mail directory
       Msg-Protect:   To set protections when creating a new file
       fileproc:      Program to file messages
       showproc:      Program to show messages

       The user profile.

       The system customization file.

See Also
       csh(1), packf(1mh), sh(1), mh_profile(5mh)


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