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WHATNOW(1)		    General Commands Manual		    WHATNOW(1)

       whatnow - prompting front-end for writing nmh messages

       whatnow [-help] [-version] [-draftfolder	+folder] [-draftmessage	msg]
	    [-nodraftfolder] [-editor editor] [-noedit]	[-prompt string]

       whatnow is the default program that queries the user about the disposi-
       tion of a composed draft.  It is	normally automatically invoked by  one
       of the nmh commands comp, dist, forw, or	repl after the initial edit.

       When  started,  the  editor  is started on the draft (unless -noedit is
       given, in which case the	initial	edit is	 suppressed).	Then,  whatnow
       repetitively  prompts the user with "What now?"	and awaits a response.
       The valid responses are:

	    edit	     re-edit using the same editor that	 was  used  on
			     the   preceding  round  unless  a	profile	 entry
			     "<lasteditor>-next: <editor>" names an  alternate

	    edit editor	     invoke editor for further editing

	    refile +folder   refile the	draft into the given folder

	    mime	     process  the draft	as MIME	composition file using
			     the buildmimeproc command (mhbuild	by default)

	    display	     list the message being distributed/replied-to  on
			     the terminal

	    list	     list the draft on the terminal

	    send	     send the message

	    send -watch	     send the message and monitor the delivery process

	    push	     send the message in the background

	    whom	     list the addresses	that the message will go to

	    whom -check	     list  the	addresses and verify that they are ac-
			     ceptable to the transport service

	    quit	     preserve the draft	and exit

	    quit -delete     delete the	draft and exit

	    delete	     delete the	draft and exit

	    cd directory     use directory when	interpreting  attachment  file

	    pwd		     print the working directory for attachment	files

	    ls [ls-options]  list  files  in  the attachment working directory
			     using the ls command

	    attach [-v]	files
			     add the named files to the	message	 as  MIME  at-
			     tachments;	-v displays the	mhbuild	directive that
			     send(1) will use

	    alist [-ln]	     list the MIME  attachments,  either  short,  long
			     [-l] or numbered [-n]

	    detach [-n]	files-or-numbers
			     remove  MIME  attachments,	either by file name or
			     by	number with -n

       When entering your response, you	need only type	enough	characters  to
       uniquely	identify the response.

       For the edit response, any valid	switch to the editor is	valid.

       For  the	 send and push responses, any valid switch to send(1) is valid
       (as push	merely invokes send with the -push option).

       For the whom response, any valid	switch to whom(1) is valid.

       For the refile response,	any valid switch to the	fileproc is valid.

       For the display and list	responses, any valid argument to the lproc  is
       valid.	If  any	non-switch arguments are present, then the pathname of
       the draft will be excluded from the argument list given	to  the	 lproc
       (this is	useful for listing another nmh message).

       See mh-profile(5) for further information about how editors are used by
       nmh.  It	also discusses how environment variables can be	used to	direct
       whatnow's actions in complex ways.

       The -prompt string switch sets the prompting string for whatnow.

       The  -draftfolder +folder and -draftmessage msg switches	invoke the nmh
       draft folder facility.  This is an advanced (and	 highly	 useful)  fea-
       ture.  Consult the mh-draft(5) man page for more	information.

       If your nmh was configured with readline	enabled, you'll	be able	to use
       filename	completion and other readline features at the  prompt.	 These
       are  particularly  useful  with the cd, ls, attach, and detach commands
       for managing MIME attachments.

       $HOME/.mh_profile		    The	user profile
       <mh-dir>/draft			    The	draft file

       Path:		    To determine the user's nmh	directory
       Draft-Folder:	    To find the	default	draft-folder
       Editor:		    To override	the default editor
       <lasteditor>-next:   To name an editor to be used after exit
			    from <lasteditor>
       buildmimeproc:	    Program to translate MIME composition files
       fileproc:	    Program to refile the message
       lproc:		    Program to list the	contents of a message
       sendproc:	    Program to use to send the message
       whomproc:	    Program to determine who a message would go	to

       send(1),	whom(1)

       `-prompt' defaults to "What Now?	"

       If the initial edit fails, whatnow deletes your draft (by  renaming  it
       with a site-dependent prefix (usually a comma); failure of a later edit
       preserves the draft.

       If the buildmimeproc fails (returns a nonzero status),  whatnow	simply
       prints  a  "What	now?" prompt.  whatnow depends on the buildmimeproc to
       tell the	user that something went wrong.

       If whatnowproc is whatnow, then comp, dist, forw, and repl use a	built-
       in whatnow, and do not actually run the whatnow program.	 Hence,	if you
       define your own whatnowproc, don't call it whatnow since	 it  won't  be

       If sendproc is send, then whatnow uses a	built-in send, it does not ac-
       tually run the send program.  Hence, if you define your	own  sendproc,
       don't call it send since	whatnow	won't run it.

nmh-1.7.1			  2014-01-23			    WHATNOW(1)


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