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NAME

       sortm - sort messages

SYNOPSIS

       sortm [+folder] [msgs] [-datefield field] [-textfield field]
            [-notextfield] [-limit days] [-nolimit] [-verbose | -noverbose]
            [-version] [-help]

DESCRIPTION

       Sortm sorts the specified messages in the named folder according to the
       chronological order of the "Date:" field of each message.

       The -verbose switch directs sortm to tell the user the general  actions
       that it is taking to place the folder in sorted order.

       The  -datefield  field  switch tells sortm the name of the field to use
       when making the date comparison.  If the user has a  special  field  in
       each  message,  such  as  "BB-Posted:"  or  "Delivery-Date:",  then the
       -datefield switch can be used to direct sortm which field to examine.

       The -textfield field switch  causes  sortm  to  sort  messages  by  the
       specified text field.  If this field is "subject", any leading "re:" is
       stripped off.  In any case, all characters except letters  and  numbers
       are  stripped  and  the  resulting  strings are sorted datefield-major,
       textfield-minor, using a case insensitive comparison.

       With -textfield field, if  -limit  days  is  specified,  messages  with
       similar  textfields  that  are dated within `days' of each other appear
       together.  Specifying -nolimit makes the limit infinity.   With  -limit
       0, the sort is instead made textfield-major, date-minor.

       For example, to order a folder by date-major, subject-minor, use:

            sortm -textfield subject +folder

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"'defaultstoall"
       `-datefield' defaults to date
       `-notextfield'
       `-noverbose'
       `-nolimit'

CONTEXT

       If  a  folder  is  given,  it  will  become the current folder.  If the
       current message is moved, sortm
        will preserve its status as current.

HISTORY

       Timezones used to be ignored when  comparing  dates:  they  aren't  any
       more.

       Messages which were in the folder, but not specified by `msgs', used to
       be moved to  the  end  of  the  folder;  now  such  messages  are  left
       untouched.

       Sortm  sometimes  did  not  preserve  the message numbering in a folder
       (e.g., messages 1, 3, and 5, might have been  renumbered  to  1,  2,  3
       after  sorting).   This was a bug, and has been fixed.  To compress the
       message numbering in a folder, use "folder -pack" as always.

BUGS

       If sortm encounters a message without a date-field, or if  the  message
       has  a  date-field that sortm cannot parse, then sortm attempts to keep
       the message in the same relative position.  This does not always  work.
       For  instance,  if the first message encountered lacks a date which can
       be parsed, then it will usually be placed at the end  of  the  messages
       being sorted.

       When  sortm  complains about a message which it can't temporally order,
       it complains about the message number  prior  to  sorting.   It  should
       indicate what the message number will be after sorting.