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       install-mh - initialize the nmh environment


       /usr/lib/mh/install-mh [-help] [-version] [-auto] [-check]


       install-mh  creates  the initial setup for a first-time nmh user.  install-mh is installed
       in two locations for historical reasons.

       The -auto switch does things as  automatically  as  possible  and  makes  install-mh  less

       The  user  is  prompted  for  the name of the directory to be designated as the user's nmh
       directory.  If this directory does not exist, the user is asked if it should  be  created.
       Normally,  this  directory  should be under the user's home directory, and has the default
       name of `Mail'.  install-mh writes an initial .mh_profile for the user.

       As with all nmh commands, install-mh first checks for the existence of the $MH environment
       variable,  since  that,  if  set,  gives  the  profile  path.   If it isn't set, the $HOME
       environment variable is consulted to determine the user's home directory.  If $HOME is not
       set, then the /etc/passwd file is consulted.

       When  creating the user's .mh_profile, install-mh will check for the existence of a global
       profile at /etc/nmh/mh.profile.  If found,  this  will  be  used  to  initialize  the  new

       The  -check  switch  checks  if  nmh is installed.  (This can be used by other programs to
       determine if nmh has been installed.)


       $HOME/.mh_profile   The user's profile.
       /etc/nmh/mh.profile Used to initialize user's profile.


       Path:               To set the user's nmh directory.


       With -auto, the current folder is changed to “inbox”.


       If you only ran install-mh  to  try  out  nmh  briefly,  you  might  like  to  remove  the
       configuration  files  it creates. (This is not obligatory -- install-mh creates only a few
       small files so simply leaving them in place will not cause problems.)

       Most nmh configuration information lives in the user's nmh directory; you  can  print  its
       name by running

       mhpath +

       Basically all plain files in the nmh directory are configuration files and can be removed.

       Attention:  The  nmh  directory  holds  not  just  configuration files! Its subdirectories
       contain all the emails you have written or  received  with  nmh.   Don't  delete  the  nmh
       directory  without  carefully  checking  that  there are no mail files that you might want

       The only configuration file that lives outside the nmh directory is your profile file. You
       can print its name by running

       echo ${MH:-$HOME/.mh-profile}

       If you aren't using nmh any more you can delete this file, too.