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whatnow - prompting front-end for writing nmh messages
whatnow [-help] [-version] [-draftfolder +folder] [-draftmessage msg] [-nodraftfolder] [-editor editor] [-noedit] [-prompt string] [file]
whatnow is the default program that queries the user about the disposition of a composed draft. It is normally automatically invoked by one of the nmh commands comp, dist, forw, or repl after the initial edit. When started, the editor is started on the draft (unless -noedit is given, in which case the initial edit is suppressed). Then, whatnow repetitively prompts the user with “What now?” and awaits a response. The valid responses are: edit re-edit using the same editor that was used on the preceding round unless a profile entry “<lasteditor>-next: <editor>” names an alternate editor edit editor invoke editor for further editing refile +folder refile the draft into the given folder mime process the draft as MIME composition file using the buildmimeproc command (mhbuild by default) display list the message being distributed/replied-to on the terminal list list the draft on the terminal send send the message send -watch send the message and monitor the delivery process push send the message in the background whom list the addresses that the message will go to whom -check list the addresses and verify that they are acceptable to the transport service quit preserve the draft and exit quit -delete delete the draft and exit delete delete the draft and exit cd directory use directory when interpreting attachment file names pwd print the working directory for attachment files ls [ls-options] list files in the attachment working directory using the ls command attach [-v] files add the named files to the message as MIME attachments; -v displays the mhbuild directive that send(1) will use alist [-ln] list the MIME attachments, either short, long [-l] or numbered [-n] detach [-n] files-or-numbers remove MIME attachments, either by file name or by number with -n When entering your response, you need only type enough characters to uniquely identify the response. For the edit response, any valid switch to the editor is valid. For the send and push responses, any valid switch to send(1) is valid (as push merely invokes send with the -push option). For the whom response, any valid switch to whom(1) is valid. For the refile response, any valid switch to the fileproc is valid. For the display and list responses, any valid argument to the lproc is valid. If any non- switch arguments are present, then the pathname of the draft will be excluded from the argument list given to the lproc (this is useful for listing another nmh message). See mh-profile(5) for further information about how editors are used by nmh. It also discusses how environment variables can be used to direct whatnow's actions in complex ways. The -prompt string switch sets the prompting string for whatnow. The -draftfolder +folder and -draftmessage msg switches invoke the nmh draft folder facility. This is an advanced (and highly useful) feature. Consult the mh-draft(5) man page for more information. If your nmh was configured with readline enabled, you'll be able to use filename completion and other readline features at the prompt. These are particularly useful with the cd, ls, attach, and detach commands for managing MIME attachments.
$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile <mh-dir>/draft The draft file
Path: To determine the user's nmh directory Draft-Folder: To find the default draft-folder Editor: To override the default editor <lasteditor>-next: To name an editor to be used after exit from <lasteditor> buildmimeproc: Program to translate MIME composition files fileproc: Program to refile the message lproc: Program to list the contents of a message sendproc: Program to use to send the message whomproc: Program to determine who a message would go to
`-prompt' defaults to “What Now? ”
If the initial edit fails, whatnow deletes your draft (by renaming it with a site- dependent prefix (usually a comma); failure of a later edit preserves the draft. If the buildmimeproc fails (returns a nonzero status), whatnow simply prints a “What now?” prompt. whatnow depends on the buildmimeproc to tell the user that something went wrong. If whatnowproc is whatnow, then comp, dist, forw, and repl use a built-in whatnow, and do not actually run the whatnow program. Hence, if you define your own whatnowproc, don't call it whatnow since it won't be run. If sendproc is send, then whatnow uses a built-in send, it does not actually run the send program. Hence, if you define your own sendproc, don't call it send since whatnow won't run it.