Langue: en

Version: 1 June 2008 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


comp - compose a message


comp [+folder] [msgs] [-form formfile] [-use | -nouse] [-file file] [-draftfolder +folder] [-draftmessage msg] [-nodraftfolder] [-editor editor] [-noedit] [-whatnowproc program] [-nowhatnowproc] [-version] [-help]


is used to create a new message to be mailed. It copies a message form to the draft being composed and then invokes an editor on the draft (unless -noedit is given, in which case the initial edit is suppressed).

The default message form contains the following elements:

 Fcc: +outbox

If a file named ``components'' exists in the user's nmh directory, it will be used instead of this form. You may specify an alternate forms file with the switch -form formfile.

You may also start comp using the contents of an existing message as the form. If you supply either a +folder or msg argument, that message will be used as the message form. You may not supply both a -form formfile and a +folder or msg argument. The line of dashes or a blank line must be left between the header and the body of the message for the message to be identified properly when it is sent (see send(1)).

The switch -use directs comp to continue editing an already started message. That is, if a comp (or dist, repl, or forw) is terminated without sending the draft, the draft can be edited again via ``comp -use''.

The -file file switch says to use the named file as the message draft.

If the draft already exists, comp will ask you as to the disposition of the draft. A reply of quit will abort comp, leaving the draft intact; replace will replace the existing draft with the appropriate form; list will display the draft; use will use the draft for further composition; and refile +folder will file the draft in the given folder, and give you a new draft with the appropriate form. (The +folder argument to refile is required.)

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

The -editor editor switch indicates the editor to use for the initial edit. Upon exiting from the editor, comp will invoke the whatnow program. See whatnow(1) for a discussion of available options. The invocation of this program can be inhibited by using the -nowhatnowproc switch. (In truth of fact, it is the whatnow program which starts the initial edit. Hence, -nowhatnowproc will prevent any edit from occurring.)


 ^/etc/nmh/components~^The standard message skeleton
 ^or <mh-dir>/components~^Rather than the standard skeleton
 ^$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
 ^Msg-Protect:~^To set mode when creating a new message (draft)
 ^fileproc:~^Program to refile the message
 ^whatnowproc:~^Program to ask the ``What now?'' questions


dist(1), forw(1), repl(1), send(1), whatnow(1), mh-profile(5)


 `+folder' defaults to the current folder
 `msg' defaults to the current message




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