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repl(1)								      repl(1)


  repl - reply to a message (only available within the message handling	sys-
  tem, 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 immediately. If the
      message is not sent immediately, you can send it later with comp -use,
      but the annotations will not take	place.

  -cc all|to|cc|me

  -nocc	all|to|cc|me
      Specifies	who will receive copies	of the reply. By default the mail
      system sends the reply to	the sender of the original message, 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 your-

      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.

  -draftfolder +folder

      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 .mh_profile.  See mh_profile(4)
      for more information. If you have	this option set	up, you	can override
      it by using the -nodraftfolder option.

  -editor editorname
      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

      You can also set up an editor in your .mh_profile	file. See
      mh_profile(4) for	more details.

  -fcc +folder
      Specifies	a folder to receive copies of your reply. More than one
      folder can be named, each	preceded by -fcc.

  -filter filterfile
      Specifies	how the	original message is formatted in the draft.  By
      default, the mail	system does not	include	a copy of the original mes-
      sage in your reply. If you use the -filter filterfile option, the	ori-
      ginal 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:


      This outputs a blank line	and then the body of the message being
      replied to, indented by one tab-stop.

  -form	formfile
      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.

  -whatnowproc program

      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	alternative 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 -nowhat-
      nowproc option. However, as the program normally starts the initial
      edit, the	-nowhatnowproc option will prevent you from editing the	mes-

  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 number as
  the msg argument. You	can also specify a message in another folder by	sup-
  plying a +folder argument. You can supply both a msg and a +folder argu-
  ment.	If you specify a folder	without	giving a message number, 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 origi-
  nal message. The following example shows how repl constructs the mail
  header for the return	message:

       To: <&lt;Reply-To>&gt; or <&lt;From>&gt;	or <&lt;sender>&gt;
       cc: <&lt;cc>&gt;, <&lt;To>&gt;, and yourself
       Subject:	Re: <&lt;Subject>&gt;
       In-reply-to: Your message of <&lt;Date>&gt;.

  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 pro-
      vides a new message 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 .mh_profile. This allows 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 .mh_profile:

       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 com-

  Note that while in the editor, the message being replied to is available
  through a link named @ (assuming the default whatnowproc). In	addition, the
  actual pathname of the message is stored in the environment variable $edi-
  talt,	and the	pathname of the	folder containing the message is stored	in
  the environment variable $mhfolder. If your current working directory	is
  not writable,	the link named @ is not	available.


  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


   1.  This example replies to message number 15 in the	current	folder:
	    % repl 15

   2.  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

   3.  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-format(4)