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If you're running a pre-4.0 version of mh-e, please consider upgrading. You can either have your system administrator upgrade your Emacs, or just the files for mh-e.

The MH distribution contains a copy of mh-e in miscellany/mh-e. Make sure it is at least Version 4.0.

You can use the commands in the Section Obtaining Example Files From This Book to get the latest version of mh-e yourself from The file containing mh-e is currently /misc/mh-e/mh-e-5.0.tar.Z. I suggest that you extract the files from mh-e-5.0.tar.Z in the following fashion:

% cd                                   # Start in your home directory
% mkdir lib lib/emacs                  # Create directory for mh-e
% cd lib/emacs
% zcat path/to/mh-e-5.0.tar.Z | tar xvf -       # Extract files
To use these new files, add the following to ~/.emacs:
(setq load-path (cons (expand-file-name "~/lib/emacs") load-path))
That's it! If you're already running Emacs, please quit that session and start again to load in the new mh-e. Check that you're running the new version with the command M-x mh-version after running any mh-e command. The distribution comes with a file called MH-E-NEWS so you can see what's new.

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Last change $Date: 1996/07/14 18:25:00 $

This file is from the third edition of the book MH & xmh: Email for Users & Programmers, ISBN 1-56592-093-7, by Jerry Peek. Copyright © 1991, 1992, 1995 by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. This file is freely-available; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. For more information, see the file copying.htm.

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