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       whatnow - prompting front-end for sending messages


       whatnow [-draftfolder +folder] [-draftmessage msg] [-nodraftfolder]
            [-editor editor] [-noedit] [-prompt string] [file] [-version]
            [-help] [-attach header-field-name]


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

       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
                             acceptable 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 the directory  when  interpreting  attachment
                             file names

            pwd              print the working directory for attachment files

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

            attach files     add  the  named  files  to  the  draft  as   MIME

            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)
       feature.  Consult the mh-draft(5) man page for more information.


       $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>
       automimeproc:        If value is 1, and the draft is a MIME
                            composition file, then automatically call
                            buildmimeproc prior to sending.
       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? ”




       The argument to the -prompt switch must  be  interpreted  as  a  single
       token  by  the shell that invokes whatnow.  Therefore, one must usually
       place the argument to this switch inside double-quotes.

       If the initial edit fails, whatnow deletes your draft (by  renaming  it
       with a leading 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 run.

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