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       prompter - prompting editor front-end for nmh


       prompter [-erase chr] [-kill chr] [-prepend | -noprepend] [-rapid |
            -norapid] [-doteof | -nodoteof] file [-version] [-help]


       Prompter is an editor front-end for nmh which allows rapid composition
       of messages.  This program is not normally invoked directly by users
       but takes the place of an editor and acts as an editor front-end.  It
       operates on an RFC-822 style message draft skeleton specified by file,
       normally provided by the nmh commands comp, dist, forw, or repl.

       Prompter is particularly useful when composing messages over slow
       network or modem lines.  It is an nmh program in that it can have its
       own profile entry with switches, but it is not invoked directly by the
       user.  The commands comp, dist, forw, and repl invoke prompter as an
       editor, either when invoked with -editor prompter, or by the profile
       entry “Editor: prompter”, or when given the command edit prompter at
       the “What now?” prompt.

       For each empty component prompter finds in the draft, the user is
       prompted for a response; A <RETURN> will cause the whole component to
       be left out.  Otherwise, a `\' preceding a <RETURN> will continue the
       response on the next line, allowing for multiline components.
       Continuation lines must begin with a space or tab.

       Each non-empty component is copied to the draft and displayed on the

       The start of the message body is denoted by a blank line or a line of
       dashes.  If the body is non-empty, the prompt, which isn't written to
       the file, is

            --------Enter additional text

       or (if -prepend was given)

            --------Enter initial text

       Message-body typing is terminated with an end-of-file (usually CTRL-D).
       With the -doteof switch, a period on a line all by itself also
       signifies end-of-file.  At this point control is returned to the
       calling program, where the user is asked “What now?”.  See whatnow (1)
       for the valid options to this query.

       By using the -prepend switch, the user can add type-in to the beginning
       of the message body and have the rest of the body follow.  This is
       useful for the forw command.

       By using the -rapid switch, if the draft already contains text in the
       message-body, it is not displayed on the user's terminal.  This is
       useful for low-speed terminals.

       The line editing characters for kill and erase may be specified by the
       user via the arguments -kill chr and -erase chr, where chr may be a
       character; or `\nnn', where “nnn” is the octal value for the character.

       An interrupt (usually CTRL-C) during component typing will abort
       prompter and the nmh command that invoked it.  An interrupt during
       message-body typing is equivalent to CTRL-D, for historical reasons.
       This means that prompter should finish up and exit.

       The first non-flag argument to prompter is taken as the name of the
       draft file, and subsequent non-flag arguments are ignored.


       $HOME/.mh_profile          The user profile
       /tmp/prompter*             Temporary copy of message


       prompter-next:       To name the editor to be used on exit from .B prompter
       Msg-Protect:         To set mode when creating a new draft


       comp(1), dist(1), forw(1), repl(1), whatnow(1)






       The -rapid option is particularly useful with forw, and -noprepend is
       useful with comp -use.

       The user may wish to link prompter under several names (e.g., “rapid”)
       and give appropriate switches in the profile entries under these names
       (e.g., “rapid: -rapid”).  This facilitates invoking prompter
       differently for different nmh commands (e.g., “forw: -editor rapid”).


       Prompter uses stdio(3), so it will lose if you edit files with nulls in