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sortm(1)							     sortm(1)



NAME

  sortm	- sort messages	(only available	within the message handling system,
  mh)

SYNOPSIS

  sortm	[msgs] [+folder] [options]

OPTIONS

  -datefield field
      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.

  -help
      Prints a list of all the valid options to	this command.

  -verbose

  -noverbose
      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
       -datefield date
       -noverbose

DESCRIPTION

  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-
  sages.

  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
  sorted.


  When sortm complains about a message which it	cannot order, it complains
  about	the message number prior to sorting.





PROFILE	COMPONENTS

  Path:	To determine your MH directory

EXAMPLES

   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



FILES

  $HOME/.mh_profile
      The user profile.

SEE ALSO

  folder(1)