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NAME

       mhpath - print full pathnames of nmh messages and folders

SYNOPSIS

       mhpath [+folder] [msgs] [-version] [-help]

DESCRIPTION

       Mhpath  expands  and  sorts the message list `msgs' and writes the full
       pathnames of the messages to the standard output separated by newlines.
       If no `msgs' are specified, mhpath outputs the folder pathname instead.
       If the only argument is `+', your nmh "Path" is  output;  this  can  be
       useful is shell scripts.

       Contrasted  with  other  nmh commands, a message argument to mhpath may
       often be intended for writing.  Because of this:

       1)  the name "new" has been added to mhpath's list of reserved  message
           names  (the  others are "first", "last", "prev", "next", "cur", and
           "all").  The new message is equivalent to  the  message  after  the
           last  message  in a folder (and equivalent to 1 in a folder without
           messages).  The "new" message may not be used as part of a  message
           range.

       2)  Within  a  message  list,  the  following designations may refer to
           messages that do not exist: a  single  numeric  message  name,  the
           single  message name "cur", and (obviously) the single message name
           "new".  All other message designations must refer to at  least  one
           existing message.

       3)  An empty folder is not in itself an error.

       Message  numbers  greater than the highest existing message in a folder
       as part of a range designation are replaced with the next free  message
       number.

       Examples: The current folder foo contains messages 3 5 6.  Cur is 4.

            % mhpath
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo

            % mhpath all
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6

            % mhpath 2001
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

            % mhpath 1-2001
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6

            % mhpath new
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

            % mhpath last new
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

            % mhpath last-new
            bad message list "last-new".

            % mhpath cur
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/4

            % mhpath 1-2
            no messages in range "1-2".

            % mhpath first:2
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5

            % mhpath 1 2
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/1
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/2

       mhpath is also useful in back-quoted operations:

            % cd `mhpath +inbox`

            % echo `mhpath +`
            /r/phyl/Mail

FILES

       $HOME/.mh_profile          The user profile

PROFILE COMPONENTS

       Path:                To determine the user's nmh directory
       Current-Folder:      To find the default current folder

SEE ALSO

       folder(1)

DEFAULTS

       `+folder' defaults to the current folder
       `msgs' defaults to none

CONTEXT

       None

BUGS

       Like  all  nmh  commands,  mhpath  expands  and sorts [msgs].  So don't
       expect

            mv `mhpath 501 500`

       to move 501 to 500.  Quite the reverse.  But

            mv `mhpath 501` `mhpath 500`

       will do the trick.

       Out of range message 0 is treated far more severely than large  out  of
       range message numbers.