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NAME

       repl - reply to a message

SYNOPSIS

       repl [+folder] [msgs] [-annotate | -noannotate] [-group | -nogroup] [-cc all/to/cc/me]
            [-nocc all/to/cc/me] [-query | -noquery] [-form formfile] [-filter filterfile  |
            -nofilter] [-mime | -nomime] [-editor editor] [-whatnowproc program] [-build] [-file
            msgfile] [-Version] [-help]

DESCRIPTION

       Repl may be used to produce a reply to an existing message.

       In its simplest form (with no arguments), repl will set  up  a  message-form  skeleton  in
       reply to the current message in the current folder, and invoke the whatnow shell.

       In  order to construct the message draft of the reply, repl uses a reply template to guide
       its actions.  A reply template is simply a mhl format file (see mh-format(5) for details).

       If the switch -nogroup is given (it is on by default), then repl  will  use  the  standard
       forms  file  `replcomps'.  This will construct a draft message that is intended to be sent
       only to the author of the message to which you are replying.  If a file named  `replcomps'
       exists in the user's mmh directory, it will be used instead of this default forms file.

       The  default  reply  template  `replcomps' will direct repl to construct the reply message
       draft as follows:

            To: <Mail-Reply-To> or <Reply-To> or <From>
            Cc: <To> and <Cc> and <personal address>
            Fcc: +sent
            Subject: Re: <Subject>
            In-Reply-To: <Message-Id>
            References: <Message-Id>
            Comments: In-Reply-To <From> or <apparently from> or <Sender>
               message dated <date>
            --------

       where field names enclosed in angle brackets (< >) indicate  the  contents  of  the  named
       field from the message to which the reply is being made.

       By  default,  the `Cc:' field is empty.  You may selectively add addresses to this default
       with the -cc type switch.  This switch takes an argument ( all/to/cc/me)  which  specifies
       who  gets added to the default `Cc:' list of the reply.  You may give this switch multiple
       times (with different arguments) if you wish to add multiple types of addresses.

       If the  switch  -group  is  given,  then  repl  will  use  the  the  standard  forms  file
       `replgroupcomps'.   This  will  construct  a  draft message that is intended as a group or
       followup reply.  If a file named `replgroupcomps' exists in the user's mmh  directory,  it
       will be used instead of this default forms file.

       The  default group reply template `replgroupcomps' will direct repl to construct the reply
       message draft as follows:

            To: <Mail-Followup-To>
            Subject: Re: <Subject>
            In-Reply-To: Message from <From> of <Date>.
                         <Message-Id>
            --------

       or if the field <Mail-Followup-To> is not available:

            To: <Mail-Reply-To> or <Reply-To> or <From>
            Cc: <To> and <Cc> and <personal address>
            Subject: Re: <Subject>
            In-Reply-To: Message from <From> of <Date>.
                         <Message-Id>
            --------

       By default, the `Cc:' contains all  the  addresses  shown.   You  may  selectively  remove
       addresses  from  this default with the -nocc type switch.  This switch takes an argument (
       all/to/cc/me) which specifies who gets removed from the default `Cc:' list of  the  reply.
       You  may  give this switch multiple times (with different arguments) if you wish to remove
       multiple types of addresses.

       In any case, you may specify an alternate forms file with the switch -form formfile.

       The -query switch modifies the action of -nocc type switch by interactively asking you  if
       each  address that normally would be placed in the `To:' and `Cc:' list should actually be
       sent a copy.  This is useful for special-purpose replies.  Note that the position  of  the
       -cc  and  -nocc switches, like all other switches which take a positive and negative form,
       is important.

       Lines beginning with the fields `To:', `Cc:', and `Bcc:' will  be  standardized  and  have
       duplicate  addresses  removed.   In addition, these fields will be wrapped at a reasonable
       length.

       See comp(1) for a description of the -editor switch.  Note that while in the  editor,  the
       actual  pathname  of  the  message  being replied to is stored in the environment variable
       $mhaltmsg, and the pathname of  the  folder  containing  the  message  is  stored  in  the
       environment variable $mhfolder.

       Although  repl uses a forms file to direct it how to construct the beginning of the draft,
       it uses a message filter file to direct it as to how the message to which you are replying
       should  be  filtered  (re-formatted)  in  the body of the draft.  The filter file for repl
       should be a standard form file for mhl, as repl will invoke mhl to format the  message  to
       which you are replying.

       By  default,  the original message gets filtered through a default message filter file and
       then included into the draft body as quotation.  This should be adequate for  most  users.
       This default filter `mhl.reply' is:

            ; mhl.reply
            ;
            ; default message filter for `repl' (repl -format)
            ;
            body:component="> ",overflowtext="> ",overflowoffset=0

       which  outputs  each line of the body of the message prefaced with the `>' character and a
       space.  If a file named `mhl.reply' exists in the user's mmh directory, it  will  be  used
       instead of this form.

       You may specify an alternate message filter file with the switch -filter filterfile.

       Other reply filters are commonly used, such as:

            :
            body:nocomponent,compwidth=9,offset=9

       which  says  to  output  a  blank  line and then the body of the message being replied-to,
       indented by one tab-stop.  Another popular format is:

            message-id:nocomponent,nonewline,\
            formatfield=`In message %{text}, '
            from:nocomponent,formatfield=`%(decode(friendly{text})) writes:'
            body:component=`>',overflowtext=`>',overflowoffset=0

       This message filter file cites the Message-ID and author of the message being  replied-to,
       and then outputs each line of the body prefaced with the `>' character.

       If  the  switch -nofilter is given, then the message to which you are replying will not be
       formatted and thus not included in the body of the  draft.   (It  may  be  added  as  MIME
       attachment with -mime though.)

       To  MIME-attach  the  original message, specify the -mime switch.  Note: In mmh, the -mime
       switch is unrelated to the -filter and -nofilter switches.  It is  therefore  possible  to
       have  the  original  message quoted in the body and attached as MIME part.  However, using
       the -mime switch is discouraged.  It may get removed in the future.

       If the -annotate switch is given, the message being replied-to will be annotated with  the
       line:

            Replied: date

       The  annotation  will  be  done  only  if  the message is sent directly from repl.  If the
       message is not sent immediately from repl, `comp -use' may be used to re-edit and send the
       constructed  message,  but  the annotations won't take place.  Annotations are always done
       inplace in order to preserve any links to the message.

       The default template specifies that a copy of the reply will be put in the folder 'sent'.

       To avoid reiteration, repl strips any leading `Re: ' strings from the subject component.

       Consult the mh-draft(7) man page for more information.

       Upon exiting from the editor, repl will invoke the whatnow program.  See whatnow(1) for  a
       discussion of available options.

       The  -build switch is intended to be used by the Emacs mh-e interface to nmh.  It causes a
       file reply (in the mail storage root) to be created, containing  the  draft  message  that
       would  normally  be presented to the user for editing.  No whatnow program is invoked.  No
       mail is actually sent.

       The -file msgfile switch specifies the message to be  replied  to  as  an  exact  filename
       rather  than  as  an  mh  folder  and message number. It is intended to be used by the msh
       interface to nmh.  The same caveats apply to this option as to the -build switch.

FILES

       /etc/mmh/replcomps         The standard reply template
       or $HOME/.mmh/replcomps    Rather than the standard template
       /etc/mmh/replgroupcomps    The standard `reply -group' template
       or $HOME/.mmh/replgroupcompRather than the standard template
       /etc/mmh/mhl.reply         The standard message filter
       or $HOME/.mmh/mhl.reply    Rather than the standard filter
       $HOME/.mmh/profile         The user profile
       +drafts                    The draft folder

PROFILE COMPONENTS

       Path:                To determine the user's mail storage
       Alternate-Mailboxes: To determine the user's mailboxes
       Current-Folder:      To find the default current folder
       Draft-Folder:        To set the default draft-folder
       Editor:              To override the default editor
       Msg-Protect:         To set mode when creating a new message (draft)
       whatnowproc:         Program to ask the `What now?' questions

SEE ALSO

       mhbuild(1), comp(1), forw(1), send(1), whatnow(1), mh-format(5)

DEFAULTS

       `+folder' defaults to the current folder
       `msg' defaults to the current message
       `-nogroup'
       `-nocc all' with `-nogroup', `-cc all' with `-group'
       `-noannotate'
       `-nomime'
       `-noquery'

CONTEXT

       If a folder is given, it will become the current  folder.   The  message  replied-to  will
       become the current message.

BUGS

       If  any  addresses  occur  in  the  reply  template, addresses in the template that do not
       contain hosts are defaulted incorrectly.  Instead of using the localhost for the  default,
       repl  uses the sender's host.  Moral of the story: if you're going to include addresses in
       a reply template, include the host portion of the address.

       The quotation of the original message does not get transfer-decoded, yet.