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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] [-format | -noformat] [-filter filterfile] [-inplace |
            -noinplace] [-mime | -nomime] [-fcc +folder] [-width columns]
            [-draftfolder +folder] [-draftmessage msg] [-nodraftfolder]
            [-editor editor] [-noedit] [-whatnowproc program] [-nowhatnowproc]
            [-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  nmh  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: {fcc switch} or +outbox
            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 nmh 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, the
       -width columns switch will guide repl's formatting of these fields.

       If the draft already exists, repl will ask you as to the disposition of
       the  draft.  A reply of quit will abort repl, leaving the draft intact;
       replace will replace the existing draft with a blank skeleton; and list
       will display the draft.

       See  comp(1)  for  a  description  of the -editor and -noedit switches.
       Note that while  in  the  editor,  the  message  being  replied  to  is
       available  through a link named "@" (assuming the default whatnowproc).
       In addition, the actual pathname  of  the  message  is  stored  in  the
       environment   variable   $editalt,  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.

       The  switches  -noformat, -format, and -filter filterfile specify which
       message filter file to use.

       If the switch -noformat is given (it is the default), then the  message
       to which you are replying is not included in the body of the draft.

       If  the  switch -format is given, then a default message filter file is
       used.  This default message filter 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 nmh 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="%(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.

       To  use  the  MIME  rules  for encapsulation, specify the -mime switch.
       This directs repl to generate an mhbuild composition file.   Note  that
       nmh  will not invoke mhbuild automatically, unless you add this line to
       your .mh_profile file:

            automimeproc: 1

       Otherwise, you must specifically give the command

            What now? mime

       prior to sending the draft.

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

            Replied: date Replied: addrs

       where  the  address  list  contains  one  line for each addressee.  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.   Normally annotations are done inplace in order to
       preserve any links to the message.  You may use the  -noinplace  switch
       to change this.

       Although  the  default template specifies that a copy of the reply will
       be put in the folder 'outbox', if the -fcc +folder switch is  given  it
       will  override  the default value.  More than one folder, each preceded
       by -fcc can be named.

       In addition to the standard mh-format(5) escapes, repl also  recognizes
       the following additional component escape:

            Escape  Returns  Description
            fcc     string   Any folders specified with `-fcc folder'

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

       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.

       Upon exiting from the editor, repl will  invoke  the  whatnow  program.
       See  whatnow(1)  for a discussion of available options.  The invocation
       of this program can be inhibited by using  the  -nowhatnowproc  switch.
       (In  truth  of fact, it is the whatnow program which starts the initial
       edit.  Hence, -nowhatnowproc will prevent any edit from occurring.)

       The -build switch is intended to be used by the Emacs mh-e interface to
       nmh,  and is only present if nmh was compiled with support for mh-e. It
       implies -nowhatnowproc.  It causes a file <mh-dir>/reply to be created,
       containing  the  draft  message that would normally be presented to the
       user for editing.  No mail is actually sent. Note that this  switch  is
       not  guaranteed  to  be  present  or to have the same effects in future
       versions of nmh: it is documented here only for completeness.

       The -file msgfile switch specifies the message to be replied to  as  an
       exact  filename  rather than as an nmh 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/nmh/replcomps         The standard reply template
       or <mh-dir>/replcomps      Rather than the standard template
       /etc/nmh/replgroupcomps    The standard `reply -group' template
       or <mh-dir>/replgroupcomps Rather than the standard template
       /etc/nmh/mhl.reply         The standard message filter
       or <mh-dir>/mhl.reply      Rather than the standard filter
       $HOME/.mh_profile          The user profile
       <mh-dir>/draft             The draft file

PROFILE COMPONENTS

       Path:                To determine the user's nmh directory
       Alternate-Mailboxes: To determine the user's mailboxes
       Current-Folder:      To find the default current folder
       Draft-Folder:        To find the default draft-folder
       Editor:              To override the default editor
       Msg-Protect:         To set mode when creating a new message (draft)
       fileproc:            Program to refile the message
       mhlproc:             Program to filter message being replied-to
       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 cur
       `-nogroup'
       `-nocc all' with `-nogroup', `-cc all' with `-group'
       `-noannotate'
       `-nodraftfolder'
       `-noformat'
       `-inplace'
       `-nomime'
       `-noquery'
       `-width 72'

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 -width columns switch is only used  to  do  address-folding;  other
       headers are not line-wrapped.

       If  whatnowproc  is whatnow, then repl uses a built-in whatnow, it does
       not actually run the whatnow program.  Hence, if you  define  your  own
       whatnowproc, don't call it whatnow since repl won't run it.

       If  your  current working directory is not writable, the link named "@"
       is not available.