mhpath - print full pathnames of nmh messages and folders
mhpath [+folder] [msgs] [-version] [-help]
Mhpath expands and sorts the message list ‘msgs’ and writes the full
pathnames of the messages to the standard output separated by newlines.
If no ‘msgs’ are specified, mhpath outputs the folder pathname instead.
If the only argument is ‘+’, your nmh “Path” is output; this can be
useful is shell scripts.
Contrasted with other nmh commands, a message argument to mhpath may
often be intended for writing. Because of this:
1) the name “new” has been added to mhpath’s list of reserved message
names (the others are “first”, “last”, “prev”, “next”, “cur”, and
“all”). The new message is equivalent to the message after the
last message in a folder (and equivalent to 1 in a folder without
messages). The “new” message may not be used as part of a message
2) Within a message list, the following designations may refer to
messages that do not exist: a single numeric message name, the
single message name “cur”, and (obviously) the single message name
“new”. All other message designations must refer to at least one
3) An empty folder is not in itself an error.
Message numbers greater than the highest existing message in a folder
as part of a range designation are replaced with the next free message
Examples: The current folder foo contains messages 3 5 6. Cur is 4.
% mhpath all
% mhpath 2001
% mhpath 1-2001
% mhpath new
% mhpath last new
% mhpath last-new
bad message list “last-new”.
% mhpath cur
% mhpath 1-2
no messages in range “1-2”.
% mhpath first:2
% mhpath 1 2
mhpath is also useful in back-quoted operations:
% cd ‘mhpath +inbox‘
% echo ‘mhpath +‘
$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile
Path: To determine the user’s nmh directory
Current-Folder: To find the default current folder
‘+folder’ defaults to the current folder
‘msgs’ defaults to none
Like all nmh commands, mhpath expands and sorts [msgs]. So don’t
mv ‘mhpath 501 500‘
to move 501 to 500. Quite the reverse. But
mv ‘mhpath 501‘ ‘mhpath 500‘
will do the trick.
Out of range message 0 is treated far more severely than large out of
range message numbers.