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NAME

       packf - pack messages in nmh folder into a single file

SYNOPSIS

       packf [+folder] [msgs] [-file name] [-mbox] [-mmdf] [-version] [-help]

DESCRIPTION

       Packf will pack copies of messages from a folder, into a single file.

       If  the  -mbox  switch  is  given  (the default), then the messages are
       separated using mbox (uucp) style delimiters.  This is the format  used
       by most mail clients (elm, mailx, etc.).

       If  the  -mmdf switch is given, then the messages are separated by mmdf
       style delimiters.  Each message  in  the  file  is  separated  by  four
       CTRL-A’s and a newline.

       You  may  specify  the  name of the file in which to use with the -file
       name switch.  If you do not specify the  name  of  the  file,  it  will
       default to “msgbox”.

       If  the  given file name points to an existing file, then the specified
       messages will be appended to the end of the file,  otherwise  the  file
       will be created and the messages appended.

       packf  makes an mbox-style delimiter by examining the first line of the
       message.  If the first line is a “Return-Path” field, its  address  and
       the  current  date and time are used.  Otherwise, if the first line has
       an “X-Envelope-From” field, its contents (which should  already  be  in
       the  correct  format)  are  used.   Otherwise,  a dummy address and the
       current date and time are used.

       Messages that are packed by packf can be unpacked using inc.

FILES

       $HOME/.mh_profile          The user profile
       .msgbox.map                A binary index of the file

PROFILE COMPONENTS

       Path:                To determine the user’s nmh directory
       Current-Folder:      To find the default current folder
       Msg-Protect:         To set mode when creating a new ‘file’

SEE ALSO

       inc(1)

DEFAULTS

+folder’ defaults to the current folder
       ‘msgs’ defaults to all
       ‘-mbox’
       ‘-file ./msgbox

CONTEXT

       If a folder is given, it will become the  current  folder.   The  first
       message packed will become the current message.