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repl(1)								       repl(1)

       repl  -	reply to a message (only available within the message handling
       system, mh)

       repl [msg] [+folders] [options]

       Marks out the original message as replied to. When the message is shown
       on the listing produced by scan, it is marked with a dash (-). The fol‐
       lowing lines are also added to the message:

	      Replied: date Replied: addrs

	      where the address list contains one line for each addressee. The
	      mail system will annotate the message only if it is sent immedi‐
	      ately. If the message is not sent immediately, you can  send  it
	      later  with  comp -use, but the annotations will not take place.
	      Specifies who will receive copies of the reply. By  default  the
	      mail  system  sends the reply to the sender of the original mes‐
	      sage, and copies to all other names in the To:  and  cc:	lines.
	      You  can	change	this  behavior	by using the -cc option.  This
	      sends copies of the replies only to the specified	 names.	 There
	      are  four	 values:  -cc all sends copies to all the names on the
	      original message; -cc to sends copies only to those names in the
	      To:  field;  -cc cc  sends copies only to those names in the cc:
	      field; and -cc me sends a copy of the reply to yourself.

	      There is also a -nocc option, which stops copies	of  the	 reply
	      being sent to the named people. It takes the same values as -cc.
	      So, for example, -nocc cc would stop replies being sent  to  the
	      names  in	 the cc: field of the original message.	 Specifies the
	      folder in which the draft message is created.   If  you  do  not
	      send the draft, it is stored in this folder.

	      This option is usually set up in your See mh_profile(4) for more
	      information. If you have this option set up, you can override it
	      by  using	 the  -nodraftfolder option.  Specifies the editor you
	      wish to use to write your reply.	The default editor provided is
	      prompter. You can specify any legal editor as an alternative.

	      You  can	also  set up an editor in your file. See mh_profile(4)
	      for more details.	 Specifies a folder to receive copies of  your
	      reply. More than one folder can be named, each preceded by -fcc.
	      Specifies how the original message is formatted  in  the	draft.
	      By default, the mail system does not include a copy of the orig‐
	      inal message in your reply. If you use  the  -filter  filterfile
	      option,  the original message may be included in your reply, and
	      formatted according to the information in the file you name.

	      The filter file for repl should be a standard form file for mhl,
	      as  repl will invoke mhl to format the message being replied to.
	      There is no default filter file for repl; you must  create  your
	      own. A filter file that is commonly used is:

	      : body:nocomponent,compwidth=9,offset=9

	      This outputs a blank line and then the body of the message being
	      replied to, indented by one tab-stop.  Varies the appearance  of
	      the  mail	 header	 for the reply. The mail system will construct
	      the header according to the instructions in the named  file.  In
	      order  for  repl to operate correctly, this must be an mhl file;
	      see mh-format(4) for more information. This option overrides the
	      header  set up by the system file /usr/lib/mh/replcomps.	Prints
	      out a list of valid options to the command.   Causes  annotation
	      to be done in place, in order to preserve links to the annotated
	      message.	Calls repl without an editor. This  option  takes  you
	      straight	to the What now?  prompt, without allowing you to edit
	      your reply. This will usually produce a reply with  no  text  in
	      the  body	 of  the  message.   Allows  you to modify the list of
	      recipients. The  mail  system  asks  you	whether	 each  of  the
	      addresses	 that  would  normally	be  placed  in the To: and cc:
	      fields should actually receive a copy of the  reply.   Sets  the
	      maximum width of the header line. Lines exceeding this width are
	      split.  Specifies an  alternative	 whatnow  program.   Normally,
	      repl  invokes  the default whatnow program. See whatnow(1) for a
	      discussion of available options. You can specify your own alter‐
	      native  to  the  default	program using the -whatnowproc program
	      option. If you do specify your own program, you should not  call
	      it whatnow.

	      You  can	suppress  the  whatnow	program	 entirely by using the
	      -nowhatnowproc option. However, as the program  normally	starts
	      the  initial  edit,  the	-nowhatnowproc option will prevent you
	      from editing the message.

       The default settings for this command are:

       +folder	defaults to the current folder
       msg defaults to the current message
       -cc all
       -width  72

       Use repl to reply to a message that you have received.

       By default, repl replies to the current message in the current  folder.
       If you want to reply to another message, you can specify a message num‐
       ber as the msg argument. You can also  specify  a  message  in  another
       folder by supplying a +folder argument. You can supply both a msg and a
       +folder argument. If you specify a folder without giving a message num‐
       ber, repl will reply to the current message in the named folder.

       When  you  reply	 to  a	message,  repl automatically fills in the mail
       header for you, taking the information it needs from the mail header of
       the  original  message. The following example shows how repl constructs
       the mail header for the return message: To:  <Reply-To>	or  <From>  or
       <sender>	  cc:	<cc>,	<To>,  and  yourself  Subject:	Re:  <Subject>
       In-reply-to: Your message of <Date>.  <Message-Id>

       Field names enclosed in angle brackets (< >) indicate the  contents  of
       the named field from the original message.

       Normally,  repl replies to the original sender, and sends carbon copies
       to all the addressees on the original message.

       You can create a different mail header from  the	 default  and  use  it
       every  time you reply to mail. If you create an alternative mail header
       and store it in the file replcomps in your Mail	directory,  repl  will
       use  it	instead	 of the default header file. This must be an mhl file;
       see mh-format(4) for more information.

       If you do not have a draft folder set up, repl creates your  new	 draft
       in a file called draft in your Mail directory.  This file must be empty
       before you can create a new draft, which means that you can only	 store
       one  draft  at a time. If it is not empty, the mail system will ask you
       what you want to do with the existing contents. The options are: Aborts
       repl,  leaving  the draft intact.  Replaces the existing draft with the
       appropriate message form.  Displays the	draft  message.	  Refiles  the
       existing draft message in the specified folder, and provides a new mes‐
       sage form for you to complete.

       If you want to be able to have more than one draft at a time,  you  can
       set  up	a  draft  folder  in your you to keep as many unsent drafts as
       space allows, and still create new messages as you wish.	 To  do	 this,
       make sure that the following line is in your

       Draft-folder: +drafts

       For more information on how to do this, see mh_profile(4).

       If  you	set  up a draft folder, all draft messages are created in that
       folder. If you decide not to send the draft, by typing quit at the What
       now?   prompt,  the message is stored in the draft folder. You can then
       re-edit the message, or send it at a later date, by using the comp -use

       Note  that  while in the editor, the message being replied to is avail‐
       able through a link named @  (assuming  the  default  whatnowproc).  In
       addition,  the actual pathname of the message is stored in the environ‐
       ment variable $editalt, and the pathname of the folder  containing  the
       message	is  stored in the environment variable $mhfolder. If your cur‐
       rent working directory is not writable, the link named @ is not	avail‐

       Path: To determine your Mail directory

       Alternate-Mailboxes: To determine your mailboxes

       Draft-Folder: To find the default draft folder

       Editor: To override the default editor

       Msg-Protect: To set mode when creating a new message (draft)

       fileproc: Program to refile the message

       mhlproc: Program to filter message being replied to

       whatnowproc: Program to ask the “What now?”  questions

       This example replies to message number 15 in the current folder: % repl
       15 The next example creates your reply in the folder  +drafts.  If  you
       decide  not  to	send the draft reply, the mail system will store it in
       this folder: % repl -draftfolder +drafts The next example places a copy
       of your reply in your +copylog folder: % repl -fcc +copylog

       The  default  system  reply template.  The user-supplied alternative to
       the standard reply template.  The user profile.	The draft file.

       comp(1), dist(1), forw(1), prompter(1),	send(1),  whatnow(1),  mh-for‐


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