install-mh - initialize the nmh environment
install-mh [-auto] [-check] [-version] [-help]
Install-mh is the nmh program to create the initial setup for a
first-time nmh user. Install-mh lives in two places for historical
The -auto option does things as automatically as possible and makes
install-mh less chatty.
The user is asked for the name of the directory that will be designated
as the user’s nmh directory. If this directory does not exist, the
user is asked if it should be created. Normally, this directory should
be under the user’s home directory, and has the default name of
Mail. Install-mh writes an initial .mh_profile for the user.
As with all nmh commands, install-mh first checks for the existence of
the $MH environment variable since that gives the profile path if set.
If it isn’t set, the $HOME environment variable is consulted to
determine the user’s home directory. If $HOME is not set, then the
/etc/passwd file is consulted.
When creating the users initial .mh_profile, install-mh will check for
the existence of a global profile /etc/nmh/mh.profile. If found, this
will be used to initialize the new .mh_profile.
The -check option can be used to check whether or not nmh has been
installed. This can be used by other programs to determine whether or
not nmh has been installed without their having to know the internals
$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile
/etc/nmh/mh.profile Used to initialize user profile
Path: To set the user’s nmh directory
With -auto, the current folder is changed to “inbox”.