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packf(1)							     packf(1)


  packf	- compress a folder into a single file (only available within the
  message handling system, mh)


  packf	[+folder] [msgs] [-file	name] [-help]


  -file	name
      Specifies	the file in which you want the message(s) to be	stored.	If
      you specify an existing file then	the specified messages will be
      appended to the end of that file.	Otherwise, a new file will be created
      and the messages placed in it. If	you do not specify a filename, packf
      attempts to place	the messages in	a file called msgbox in	the current
      working directory. If this file does not exist, packf asks whether you
      want to create it.

      Prints a list of the valid options to this command.

  The default settings for this	command	are:

       +folder defaults	to the current folder
       msgs defaults to	all
       -file  ./msgbox


  Each message in a folder is normally stored as a separate file. The packf
  command takes	all messages from the current folder and copies	them to	a
  single specified file. Each message in the file is separated by four
  <CTRL/A>s and	a newline.

  You can specify a folder other than the current folder by using the +folder
  argument. If you do not want all the messages	in a folder to be packed into
  one file, you	can specify a number of	messages or a range of messages	with
  message numbers.

  The first message packed will	become the current message. If you specify a
  +folder argument, that folder	will become the	current	folder.

  When messages	have been packed into a	file using packf, you can separate
  them into individual messages	using the burst	command. See burst(1).


  Path:	To determine the user's	Mail directory

  Msg-Protect: To set protections when creating	a new file


   1.  The first example shows all the messages	in the folder +lrp being
       packed into a file called planning:
	    % packf +lrp -file planning

   2.  The next	example	shows how packf	prompts	you if you do not specify a
       -file option. A file called msgbox is created by	packf in your home
       directory, and messages 3 to 5 are packed into it:
	    % packf +lrp 3-5
	    Create file	"/machine/disk/username/msgbox"? y


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