packf - compress a folder into a single file (only available within the
message handling system, mh)
packf [+folder] [msgs] [-file name] [-help]
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
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
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
The user profile.