sortm - sort messages (only available within the message handling system,
sortm [msgs] [+folder] [options]
Specifies the name of the header field to use when making the date com-
parison. If you have a special field in each message, such as
Delivery-Date:, then the -datefield switch can be used to tell sortm
which field to examine. If you do not give this option, the default is
to use the Date: header field.
Prints a list of all the valid options to this command.
Displays the general actions that it is taking to place the folder in
sorted order. The -noverbose option performs these actions silently.
The default is -noverbose.
The default settings for this command are:
+folder defaults to the current folder
msgs defaults to all
The command sortm sorts all the messages in the current folder into chrono-
logical order according to the contents of the Date: fields of the mes-
By default, sortm sorts all the messages in the current folder. You can
select particular messages in the folder by giving a range of messages. You
can also sort messages in another folder by specifying the folder name.
If sortm encounters a message without a Date: field, or if the message has
a Date: field that sortm cannot parse, it attempts to keep the message in
the same relative position. However, this does not always work; for
instance, if the first message encountered lacks a date which can be
parsed, then it will usually be placed at the end of the messages being
When sortm complains about a message which it cannot order, it complains
about the message number prior to sorting.
Path: To determine your MH directory
1. The following example sorts all the messages in the folder +meetings:
% sortm +meetings
2. The next example sorts messages 10-30 in the folder called +test:
% sortm +test 10-30
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