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       whatnow - prompting front-end for sending messages


       whatnow [-draftfolder +folder] [-draftmessage msg] [-nodraftfolder] [-editor editor]
            [-noedit] [-prompt string] [file] [-version] [-help] [-attach header-field-name]


       Whatnow is the default program that queries the user about the disposition of  a  composed
       draft.   It is normally automatically invoked by one of the nmh commands comp, dist, forw,
       or repl after the initial edit.

       When started, the editor is started on the draft (unless -noedit is given, in  which  case
       the  initial  edit is suppressed).  Then, whatnow repetitively prompts the user with “What
       now?”  and awaits a response.  The valid responses are:

            edit             re-edit using the same editor that was used on the  preceding  round
                             unless  a  profile  entry  “<lasteditor>-next:  <editor>”  names  an
                             alternate editor

            edit <editor>    invoke <editor> for further editing

            refile +folder   refile the draft into the given folder

            mime             process the draft as MIME composition file using  the  buildmimeproc
                             command (mhbuild by default)

            display          list the message being distributed/replied-to on the terminal

            list             list the draft on the terminal

            send             send the message

            send -watch      send the message and monitor the delivery process

            push             send the message in the background

            whom             list the addresses that the message will go to

            whom -check      list  the  addresses  and  verify  that  they  are acceptable to the
                             transport service

            quit             preserve the draft and exit

            quit -delete     delete the draft and exit

            delete           delete the draft and exit

            cd directory     use the directory when interpreting attachment file names

            pwd              print the working directory for attachment files

            ls [ls-options]  list files in the attachment working directory using the ls command

            attach files     add the named files to the draft as MIME attachments

            alist [-ln]      list the MIME attachments, either short, long [-l] or numbered [-n]

            detach [-n] files-or-numbers
                             remove MIME attachments, either by file name or by number with -n

       When entering your response, you need only type enough characters to uniquely identify the

       For the edit response, any valid switch to the editor is valid.

       For  the  send  and  push  responses, any valid switch to send(1) is valid (as push merely
       invokes send with the -push option).

       For the whom response, any valid switch to whom(1) is valid.

       For the refile response, any valid switch to the fileproc is valid.

       For the display and list responses, any valid argument to the  lproc  is  valid.   If  any
       non-switch arguments are present, then the pathname of the draft will be excluded from the
       argument list given to the lproc (this is useful for listing another nmh message).

       See mh-profile(5) for further information about how editors are  used  by  nmh.   It  also
       discusses  how  environment  variables  can be used to direct whatnow's actions in complex

       The -prompt string switch sets the prompting string for whatnow.

       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.


       $HOME/.mh_profile          The user profile
       <mh-dir>/draft             The draft file


       Path:                To determine the user's nmh directory
       Draft-Folder:        To find the default draft-folder
       Editor:              To override the default editor
       <lasteditor>-next:   To name an editor to be used after exit
                            from <lasteditor>
       automimeproc:        If value is 1, and the draft is a MIME
                            composition file, then automatically call
                            buildmimeproc prior to sending.
       buildmimeproc:       Program to translate MIME composition files
       fileproc:            Program to refile the message
       lproc:               Program to list the contents of a message
       sendproc:            Program to use to send the message
       whomproc:            Program to determine who a message would go to


       send(1), whom(1)


       `-prompt' defaults to “What Now? ”




       The argument to the -prompt switch must be interpreted as a single token by the shell that
       invokes  whatnow.   Therefore,  one  must usually place the argument to this switch inside

       If the initial edit fails, whatnow deletes your draft  (by  renaming  it  with  a  leading
       comma); failure of a later edit preserves the draft.

       If the buildmimeproc fails (returns a nonzero status), whatnow simply prints a “What now?”
       prompt.  whatnow depends on the buildmimeproc to tell the user that something went wrong.

       If whatnowproc is whatnow, then comp, dist, forw, and repl use a built-in whatnow, and  do
       not  actually  run  the whatnow program.  Hence, if you define your own whatnowproc, don't
       call it whatnow since it won't be run.

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