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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.