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       mailinspect - sort an mbox by category and pipe emails to a command.


       mailinspect [-zjiI] -c category FILE [-gG regex]...  [-s command] [-p style] [-o scoring]

       mailinspect -V


       mailinspect reads the single mbox folder named FILE and sorts it in order of similarity to
       the category, which must have been created by dbacl(1).  It can be used as a command  line
       tool or interactively, when given the -I switch.

       When  used as a command line tool, mailinspect prints the sorted list of emails on STDOUT.
       Each line consists of a seek position for the given email within  FILE,  followed  by  the
       score and a description string in one of several styles chosen via the -p option.

       When  supplying  a  command string in conjunction with the -s option, mailinspect spawns a
       shell and executes command for every email in FILE (possibly  selected  via  the  -g  or-G
       options), in the sorted order. This is similar to the formail(1) functionality, except the
       latter doesn't order the emails.

       In interactive mode, all the command line functionality is available via  keypresses.  The
       sorted  list  of  emails is displayed in a scrollable format, and can be viewed, searched,
       tagged, resorted and sent to shell commands. Predefined shell commands can  be  associated
       with function keys. See the usage section below.

       The  sorting  heuristics  are  currently  (and may always be) experimental, so there is no
       guarantee that the orderings are particularly well suited for anything.


       mailinspect returns 1 on success, 0 if some error occurred.


       -c     Use category to compute the scores and sort the emails, which should  be  the  file
              name of a dbacl(1) category.

       -g     Only  emails matching the regular expression regex are sorted. All other emails are
              ignored. When several -g and -G options are present on the  command  line,  earlier
              regular expressions are overridden by later ones where applicable.

       -i     Force internationalized mode.

       -j     Force regular expression searches to be case sensitive.

       -o     Determines the scoring formula to be used. The parameter scoring must be an integer
              greater than or equal to zero. By default, scoring equals zero.

       -p     Prints the email index in the given style. The parameter style must be  an  integer
              greater than or equal to zero. By default, style equals zero.

       -s     For  each  email  in  the  list,  execute the shell command, with the email body on
              STDIN. Emails are processed in sorted order.

       -z     Reverse sort order. Normally, emails are sorted in order  of  closest  to  furthest
              relative to category, but in this case, the opposite is true.

       -I     Interactive  mode.  Instead of printing the sorted list of emails on STDOUT, emails
              are displayed and can be scrolled, viewed, searched and piped interactively at  the

       -G     Only  emails  not  matching the regular expression regex are sorted. Opposite of -g

       -V     Print the program version number and exit.


       mailinspect needs to read a prelearned category before it can sort the emails in FILE. See

       Suppose  you  have  two  mail  folders  named good.mbox and bad.mbox respectively. You can
       create appropriate categories by typing the commands

       % dbacl -l good good.mbox -T email
       % dbacl -l bad bad.mbox -T email

       Next, you can type the following command to view interactively the bad.mbox file with  the
       emails whose score is closest to the category good listed first:

       % mailinspect -I -c good bad.mbox

       Alternatively,  you  might  be  interested  only in the five emails in the folder bad.mbox
       whose  score  marks  them  as  the  furthest  away  from  the  category  bad,   completely
       independently  from  any  other category such as good (ie you want outliers in the scoring

       % mailinspect -z -c bad bad.mbox | head -5

       In interactive mode, the following keys are defined:

       o      toggles another scoring formula.

       p      toggles another display style.

       q      exits mailinspect.

       s      sends the currently highlighted email to a shell command.

       S      sends all currently tagged emails to a shell command, in sorted order.  Every email
              executes the shell command independently.

       t      tags the currently highlighted email.

       T      tags all listed emails.

       v      sends  the  currently  highlighted  email to $PAGER for viewing. If the environment
              variable PAGER is not defined, sends the email to less(1).

       u      untags the highlighted email.

       U      untags all listed emails.

       z      reverses the sort order of displayed emails.

       /      searches for a regular expression (see regex(7)) anywhere within  the  contents  of
              all listed emails. Hides all emails which don't match.

       ?      like /, but hides all emails which match, keeping all those which don't match.

       As  a  convenience,  the  function keys F1-F10 can each be associated with a shell command
       string. In this case, typing a function key has the same effect as  the  S  key,  but  the
       command  is  already typed and ready to be edited/accepted.  The function key associations
       are read from the configuration file .mailinspectrc if it exits.


              mailinspect reads the file .mailinspectrc in the $HOME  directory,  if  it  exists.
              This is a plain text file which contains entries of the form

              # this is a comment
              F2 cat >> interesting.mbox
              F5 mail


              When  this variable is set, its value is prepended to every category filename which
              doesn't start with a '/'.


       The source code for the latest version of this  program  is  available  at  the  following


       Laird A. Breyer <>


       bayesol(1), dbacl(1), less(1), mailcross(1), regex(7)