anno - annotate messages
anno [+folder] [msgs] [-component field] [-inplace | -noinplace] [-date
| -nodate] [-draft] [-append] [-list] [-delete] [-number
[num|all]] [-preserve | -nopreserve] [-version] [-help] [-text
Anno manipulates header fields or annotations in messages. Header
fields consist of a field name and an optional field body as defined by
RFC-2822. The -component option specifies the field name, and the
-text option specifies the field body.
The messages are either the msgs in the named folder, or the draft if
invoked with the -draft option.
Usually, annotation is performed by the commands dist, forw, and repl,
if they are given the -anno switch. This allows you to keep track of
your distribution of, forwarding of, and replies to a message.
By using anno, you can perform arbitrary annotations of your own. Each
message selected will be annotated with the lines
The -nodate switch inhibits the date annotation, leaving only the body
By default, anno prepends the annotations to the message. Annotations
are instead appended if the -append option is specified.
If a -component field is not specified when anno is invoked, anno will
prompt the user for the name of field for the annotation.
The field specified must be a valid 2822-style message field name,
which means that it may only consist of alphanumerics and dashes, The
body specified is arbitrary text.
Normally anno does the annotation inplace in order to preserve any
links to the message. You may change this by using the -noinplace
The -list option produces a listing of the field bodies for header
fields with names matching the specified component, one per line. The
listing is numbered, starting at 1, if the -number option is also used.
A tab character separates the number and the field body. The field
body is treated as if it is a file name, and only the final path name
component is listed. The complete field body is listed if the -text
option is used, the contents of the text are ignored.
The -delete option removes header fields from messages. The first
header field whose name matches the component is deleted if no other
options are specified. If the -text option is used in conjunction with
the -delete option, the first header field whose name matches the
component and whose body matches the text is deleted. The text is
treated as if it was a file name; if it begins with a slash, the entire
field body must match the text, otherwise just the last path name
component of the field body must match. If the -number option is used
in conjuction with the -delete option, header field num whose name
matches the component is deleted. The number matches that which is
produced by the -list option. The special value all can be used for
the number, and causes all components that match the name to be
By default, anno changes the last-accessed and last-modified times on
annotate messages to the time at which the annotation occurs. Anno
preserves the original times if the -preserve option is used. A
matching -nopreserve option exists that allows time preservation to be
turned off if enabled in the profile.
$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile
Path: To determine the user’s nmh directory
Current-Folder: To find the default current folder
dist(1), forw(1), repl(1)
‘+folder’ defaults to the current folder
‘msgs’ defaults to cur
If a folder is given, it will become the current folder. The first
message annotated will become the current message.