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           any nmh command


           There  are a number of interesting advanced facilities for the composi-
           tion of outgoing mail.
       The Draft Folder
           The comp, dist, forw, and repl commands have two  additional  switches,
           -draftfolder  +folder  and -draftmessage msg which allow you to manipu-
           late the various draft messages you are composing.
           If -draftfolder +folder is used, these commands are  directed  to  con-
           struct  a  draft  message in the indicated folder.  (The "Draft-Folder"
           profile entry may be used to declare a default  draft  folder  for  use
           with comp, dist, forw, and repl).
           If the swith -draftmessage msg is given, the specified draft is used to
           compose the message.  If -draftmessage msg is not used, then the  draft
           defaults  to  'new'  (create  a new draft) unless the user invokes comp
           with -use, in which case the default is 'cur'.
           Hence, the user may  have  several  message  compositions  in  progress
           simultaneously.  Now, all of the nmh tools are available on each of the
           user's message drafts (e.g.  show, scan, pick,  and  so  on).   If  the
           folder  does not exist, the user is asked if it should be created (just
           like with refile).  Also, the last draft message the user was composing
           is known as 'cur' in the draft folder.
           Furthermore,  the send command has these switches as well.  Hence, from
           the shell, the user can send off  whatever  drafts  desired  using  the
           standard  nmh  'msgs' convention with -draftmessage msgs.  If no 'msgs'
           are given, it defaults to 'cur'.
           In addition, all five programs  have  a  -nodraftfolder  switch,  which
           undoes the last occurrence of -draftfolder folder (useful if the latter
           occurs in the user's nmh profile).
           If the user does not give the -draftfolder  +folder  switch,  then  all
           these commands act "normally".  Note that the -draft switch to send and
           show still refers to the file called 'draft' in the user's  nmh  direc-
           tory.   In  the  interests of economy of expression, when using comp or
           send, the user needn't prefix the draft 'msg' or 'msgs' with -draftmes-
           sage.   Both of these commands accept a 'file' or 'files' argument, and
           they will, if given -draftfolder +folder treat these arguments as 'msg'
           or  'msgs'. (This may appear to be inconsistent, at first, but it saves
           a lot of typing) Hence,
                  send -draftfolder +drafts first
           is the same as
           constructs the message draft in the 'draft' folder using the 'new' mes-
           sage  number.  Furthermore, they each define 'cur' in this folder to be
           that message draft.  If the user were to use the quit option  at  'What
           now?' level, then later on, if no other draft composition was done, the
           draft could be sent with simply
           Or, if more editing was required, the draft could be edited with
                comp -use
           Instead, if other drafts had been composed in  the  meantime,  so  that
           this  message draft was no longer known as 'cur' in the 'draft' folder,
           then the user could scan the folder to see which message draft  in  the
           folder  should be used for editing or sending.  Clever users could even
           employ a back-quoted pick to do the work:
                comp -use 'pick +drafts -to nmh-workers'
                sendf 'pick +drafts -to nmh-workers'
           Note that in the comp example, the output from pick must resolve  to  a
           single  message draft (it makes no sense to talk about composing two or
           more drafts with one invocation of comp).  In  contrast,  in  the  send
           example,  as  many  message  drafts  as  desired can appear, since send
           doesn't mind sending more than one draft at a time.
           Note that the argument -draftfolder +folder is not included in the pro-
           file  entry  for  send, since when comp, et. al., invoke send directly,
           they supply send with the UNIX pathname of the message draft, and not a
           -draftmessage msg argument. As far as send is concerned, a draft folder
           is not being used.
           It is important to realize that nmh treats  the  draft  folder  like  a
           standard nmh folder in nearly all respects.  There are two exceptions:
           First,  under no circumstancs will the -draftfolder folder switch cause
           the named folder to become the current folder.
           Obviously, if the folder appeared in the context of a standard  +folder
           argument to an nmh program, as in
                scan +drafts
           it might become the current folder, depending on the context changes of
           the nmh program in question.
                replace - deletes the draft and starts afresh
                list    - lists the draft
                refile  - files the draft into a folder and starts afresh
                quit    - leaves the draft intact and exits
           In  addition, if you specified -draftfolder folder to the command, then
           one other response will be accepted:
                new     - finds a new draft
           just as if -draftmessage new had been given.  Finally, the comp command
           will accept one more response:
                use     - re-uses the draft
           just as if -use had been given.



    MH.6.8 1 June 2008 MH-DRAFT(5)


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