Processing Mail

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The first thing we want to do is reply to the message that we sent ourselves. Ensure that the cursor is still on the same line as your test message and type r. You are prompted in the minibuffer with Reply to whom:. Here mh-e is asking whether you'd like to reply to the original sender only, to the sender and primary recipients, or to the sender and all recipients. If you simply hit RET, you'll reply only to the sender. Hit RET now.

You'll find yourself in an Emacs buffer similar to that when you were sending the original message, like the Figure Composition window during reply:

Figure: Composition window during reply


By default, MH will not add you to the address list of your replies, so if you find that the To: header field is missing, don't worry. In this case, type C-c C-f C-t to create and go to the To: field, where you can type your login name again. You can move around with the arrow keys or with C-p (previous-line), C-n (next-line), C-b (backward-char), and C-f (forward-char) and can delete the previous character with DEL. When you're finished editing your message, send it with C-c C-c as before.

With your cursor in the MH-Folder buffer and positioned on the message you sent to yourself, type o to output (refile in MH parlance) that message to a folder. Enter test at the Destination: prompt and type y (or SPC) when mh-e asks to create the folder +test. Note that a ^ (caret) appears next to the message number, which means that the message has been marked for refiling but has not yet been refiled. We'll talk about how to actually carry out the refile in a moment.

Your previous reply is now waiting in the system mailbox. You incorporate this mail into your MH-Folder buffer named +inbox with the i command. Do this now. After the mail is incorporated, use n or p to move the cursor to the new message, and read it with RET. Let's delete this message by typing d. Note that a D appears next to the message number. This means that the message is marked for deletion but is not yet deleted. To perform the deletion (and the refile we did previously), use the x command.

If you want to send another message you can use m instead of M-x mh-smail. So go ahead, send some mail to your friends! Send some mail to me at the email address at the end of this page. I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions.

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(This section was written by Bill Wohler.)
Last change $Date: 1996/07/14 17:35:00 $

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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