An introductory section gave an overview and showed a short MH profile. Here's more information and a bigger MH profile.
An MH profile entry starts with the name of a command or other parameter followed by a colon (:). If the entry is longer than one line, indent all lines except the first with space or tab character(s).
There are several kinds of entries in your MH profile:
repl: -query -editor emacsYou use the same syntax for other MH commands, including the command versions explained in the Chapter New Versions of MH Commands. Lines 32-44 and lines 45-70 of the next Example are this kind.
Editor: viYour online mh-profile(5) manual page has a list of these. See lines 1-18 of the next Example.
In most cases, those general settings are overriden by settings you make for individual MH commands. For instance, repl: -editor emacs would override a setting like Editor: vi when you use repl.
If you use both MH and front-ends (like xmh), be careful of conflicts. MH profile entries that work fine with one may cause problems with the other. The Section Conflicts Between xmh and MH Customization has some tips for xmh that you can also apply to mh-e and exmh.
comment: this isn't working now; figure out why! XXXrepl: -querryLines 1-3, 37, and others in the Example below, show another way to make comments.
NOTE for users of the online version of this book: This example is followed by long explanations. To avoid jumping between the example and its explanation, it's a good idea to open a new browser window to show the example. (Check your browser's menu for a command like New Web Browser or Open in New Window). Then, use the original browser to read the explanation while you view the example in the second browser window.
Example: A big MH profile
1> #: 2> #: First section: Overall setup for MH 3> #: 4> Aliasfile: aliases 5> Alternate-Mailboxes: ehuser@*.xxx.yyy.zzz, emma@animals*, 6> email@example.com, *uucpit!ehuser 7> Draft-Folder: drafts 8> Folder-protect: 750 9> Msg-protect: 640 10> library: /usr/local/lib/mh 11> lproc: show 12> Path: .Mail 13> Previous-Sequence: pseq 14> prompter-next: vi 15> rmmproc: /home/ehuser/.bin/rmmer 16> Sequence-Negation: not 17> showproc: mhl 18> Signature: Emma H User 19> Unseen-Sequence: unseen 20> vi-next: spel 21> #: 22> #: MIME setup (Overrides mhn_defaults. Overridden by $MHN, if any.) 23> #: 24> automhnproc: mhn 25> mhn-charset-iso-2022-jp: %s | less 26> mhn-compose-text/x-tek: |gettek 27> mhn-private-cache: /home/ehuser/tmp/mhn-cache 28> mhn-show-text/enriched: %prichtext -e -p '%F' 29> mhn-show-application/postscript: %lghostview -safer '%F' 30> mhn-storage: /home/ehuser/mhn-storage 31> mhn-store-text/x-tek: |tekconvert '%m%P.%s' 32> #: 33> #: Lines for specific standard MH programs: 34> #: 35> anno: -inplace 36> dist: -annotate -inplace -editor distprompter 37> #: -nodashmunging only works if you give -filter or -format: 38> forw: -anno -inpl -form components -format -nodashmunging 39> inc: -form scan.time 40> mhl: -nobell 41> mhn: -norealsize 42> pick: -seq picked -list 43> repl: -query -nocc me -annotate -inplace -editor prompter.nopre 44> rmf: -interactive 45> #: 46> #: Stuff for new versions of MH programs and shell scripts: 47> #: 48> auto_forw_send: -draftfolder +drafts 49> bomb: -form bombcomps -anno -inpl -editor head -query -nocc me -nocc cc 50> checkm: -file /usr/spool/mail/ehuser -form scan.checkm -width 150 51> cur: cur -form scan.more -width 235 52> curlast: cur-last 53> fo: -fast 54> foll: -form follcomps 55> follx: -form follcomps -filter follxfilt -editor vi 56> l10: last:10 57> l20: last:20 58> l5: last:5 59> l: last 60> msgnums: -format %(msg) 61> prompter.nopre: -noprepend -rapid 62> push: -push -draftfolder +drafts -forward -verbose 63> rapid: -rapid -prepend 64> replx: -filter replxfilt -query -nocc me -anno -inpl -editor prompter.nopre 65> resend: -editor resend.fixmsg 66> #: for 'rn' replies... there's gotta be a better way!: 67> rn-ans: -editor rn-ans.fixmsg 68> showpr: -format 'Message %(msg)' -mhl 69> showv: -showproc more 70> thanks: -form thankscomps -anno -inpl -editor cat -nocc all -whatnow pushLet's take a look at some of the entries in the Example above. The file is divided into four arbitrary parts with a label block of comments above each part.
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