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burst(1)							      burst(1)

       burst  -	 explode digests into messages (only available within the mes‐
       sage handling system, mh)

       burst [+folder] [msgs] [options]

       Expands the forwarded message or digest in its  current	place  in  the
       folder.	The message that is expanded is replaced by the header used to
       forward the message, or if it is a digest, by the  table	 of  contents.
       The  burst command then places the extracted messages immediately after
       this, and re-numbers the rest of the messages in	 the  folder  to  make
       room for them. The original message or digest is not saved.

	      If  -noinplace  is given, the original message or digest is pre‐
	      served. The messages which burst extracts are placed at the  end
	      of  the  folder. Other messages are not re-numbered. This is the
	      default behavior.	 Directs burst to be  silent  about  reporting
	      messages	that are not in digest format. Normally, an error mes‐
	      sage is printed if you attempt to use burst on a	message	 which
	      does  not	 contain  encapsulated	messages.  Reports the general
	      actions that burst is taking to explode the digest.

       The default settings for this command are:

       +folder	defaults to the current folder
       msgs defaults to the current message

       The burst command extracts the original messages from a forwarded  mes‐
       sage,  discards the forwarder's header details, and places the original
       messages at the end of the current folder.

       By default, burst takes the current message in the current folder.  You
       can specify messages other than the current message by using burst with
       the +folder and msgs arguments. If you specify  another	message,  that
       message	becomes	 the  current  message. If you specify another folder,
       that folder becomes the current folder.

       The burst command will expand either a single message which contains  a
       number  of separate messages packed together for ease of mailing, or an
       Internet digest. The packf and forw commands can both  pack  individual
       messages into a single message or file.

       You  can	 use  burst  in combination with forw or packf to re-direct or
       forward mail more conveniently.	For example, if you wanted to  forward
       a number of messages to yourself on another account, you could use forw
       to combine them and send them in a single  message.  When  the  message
       arrives,	 you  can use burst to expand the single message into its con‐
       stituent messages.

       The burst program enforces a limit on the number of messages which  may
       be  expanded from a single message. This number is about 1000 messages.
       However, there is usually no limit on the number of messages which  may
       reside in the folder after the messages have been expanded.

       The  burst  command  only works on messages that have been encapsulated
       according to the guidelines laid down by the proposed standard RFC 934.
       The  encapsulated message is considered to start after burst encounters
       a line of dashes. If you attempt to use burst on a message that has not
       been  encapsulated  according  to  RFC  934,  the results may be unpre‐
       dictable. For example, burst may find an encapsulation boundary	prema‐
       turely,	and  split a single encapsulated message into two or more mes‐

       Any text which appears after  the  last	encapsulated  message  is  not
       placed  in  a  separate	message	 by burst. When the -inplace option is
       used, this trailing information is lost. Text which appears before  the
       first encapsulated message is not lost.

       Path: To determine your Mail directory

       Msg-Protect: To set file protection when creating a new message

       The user profile.

       forw(1), inc(1), msh(1), packf(1)

       Proposed Standard for Message Encapsulation (RFC 934)


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