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NAME

       ap - parse addresses 822-style

SYNOPSIS

       /usr/lib/mh/ap [-form formatfile] [-format string] [-normalize |
            -nonormalize] [-width columns] [-version] [-help] addrs ...

DESCRIPTION

       Ap is a program that parses addresses according to  the  ARPA  Internet
       standard.  It also understands many non-standard formats.  It is useful
       for seeing how nmh will interpret an address.

       The ap program treats each argument  as  one  or  more  addresses,  and
       prints  those  addresses  out in the official 822-format.  Hence, it is
       usually best to enclose each argument in double-quotes for the shell.

       To override the output format used by ap, the -format string or -format
       file  switches are used.  This permits individual fields of the address
       to be extracted with ease.  The string is simply a format  string,  and
       the file is simply a format file.  See mh-format(5) for the details.

       In  addition  to the standard escapes, ap also recognizes the following
       additional escape:

            Escape  Returns  Description
            error   string   A diagnostic if the parse failed

       If the -normalize switch is given,  ap  will  try  to  track  down  the
       official hostname of the address.

       Here is the default format string used by ap:

            %<{error}%{error}: %{text}%|%(putstr(proper{text}))%>

       which  says  that if an error was detected, print the error, a `:', and
       the address in error.  Otherwise, output the 822-proper format  of  the
       address.

FILES

       $HOME/.mh_profile          The user profile
       /etc/nmh/mts.conf          nmh mts configuration file

PROFILE COMPONENTS

       None

SEE ALSO

       dp(8), Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages (RFC-822)

DEFAULTS

       `-format' defaults as described above
       `-normalize'
       `-width' defaults to the width of the terminal

CONTEXT

       None

BUGS

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