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burst(1)							     burst(1)


  burst	- explode digests into messages	(only available	within the message
  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	preserved.
      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	message	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 message,
  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	mes-
  sages	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 constituent 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. How-
  ever,	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	unpredictable. For
  example, burst may find an encapsulation boundary prematurely, and split a
  single encapsulated message into two or more messages.

  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 trail-
  ing 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)