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burst(1)						      General Commands Manual							  burst(1)

NAME
burst - explode digests into messages (only available within the message handling system, mh) SYNOPSIS
burst [+folder] [msgs] [options] OPTIONS
Expands the forwarded message or digest in its current place in the folder. The message that is expanded is replaced by the header used to forward the message, or if it is a digest, by the table of contents. The burst command then places the extracted messages immediately after this, and re-numbers the rest of the messages in the folder to make room for them. The original message or digest is not saved. If -noinplace is given, the original message or digest is preserved. The messages which burst extracts are placed at the end of the folder. Other messages are not re-numbered. This is the default behavior. Directs burst to be silent about reporting messages that are not in digest format. Normally, an error message is printed if you attempt to use burst on a message which does not contain encapsulated messages. Reports the general actions that burst is taking to explode the digest. The default settings for this command are: +folder defaults to the current folder msgs defaults to the current message -noinplace -noquiet -noverbose DESCRIPTION
The burst command extracts the original messages from a forwarded message, discards the forwarder's header details, and places the original messages at the end of the current folder. By default, burst takes the current message in the current folder. You can specify messages other than the current message by using burst with the +folder and msgs arguments. If you specify another message, that message becomes the current message. If you specify another folder, that folder becomes the current folder. The burst command will expand either a single message which contains a number of separate messages packed together for ease of mailing, or an Internet digest. The packf and forw commands can both pack individual messages into a single message or file. You can use burst in combination with forw or packf to re-direct or forward mail more conveniently. For example, if you wanted to forward a number of messages to yourself on another account, you could use forw to combine them and send them in a single message. When the message arrives, you can use burst to expand the single message into its constituent messages. RESTRICTIONS
The burst program enforces a limit on the number of messages which may be expanded from a single message. This number is about 1000 mes- sages. However, there is usually no limit on the number of messages which may reside in the folder after the messages have been expanded. The burst command only works on messages that have been encapsulated according to the guidelines laid down by the proposed standard RFC 934. The encapsulated message is considered to start after burst encounters a line of dashes. If you attempt to use burst on a message that has not been encapsulated according to RFC 934, the results may be unpredictable. For example, burst may find an encapsulation boundary prematurely, and split a single encapsulated message into two or more messages. Any text which appears after the last encapsulated message is not placed in a separate message by burst. When the -inplace option is used, this trailing information is lost. Text which appears before the first encapsulated message is not lost. PROFILE COMPONENTS
Path: To determine your Mail directory Msg-Protect: To set file protection when creating a new message FILES
The user profile. SEE ALSO
forw(1), inc(1), msh(1), packf(1) Proposed Standard for Message Encapsulation (RFC 934) burst(1)

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BURST(1)                                                             [nmh-1.5]                                                            BURST(1)

NAME
burst - explode digests into messages SYNOPSIS
burst [+folder] [msgs] [-inplace | -noinplace] [-quiet | -noquiet] [-verbose | -noverbose] [-version] [-help] DESCRIPTION
Burst considers the specified messages in the named folder to be Internet digests, and explodes them in that folder. If -inplace is given, each digest is replaced by the "table of contents" for the digest (the original digest is removed). Burst then renumbers all of the messages following the digest in the folder to make room for each of the messages contained within the digest. These messages are placed immediately after the digest. If -noinplace is given, each digest is preserved, no table of contents is produced, and the messages contained within the digest are placed at the end of the folder. Other messages are not tampered with in any way. The -quiet switch directs burst to be silent about reporting messages that are not in digest format. The -verbose switch directs burst to tell the user the general actions that it is taking to explode the digest. It turns out that burst works equally well on forwarded messages and blind-carbon-copies as on Internet digests, provided that the former two were generated by forw or send. FILES
$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile PROFILE COMPONENTS
Path: To determine the user's nmh directory Current-Folder: To find the default current folder Msg-Protect: To set mode when creating a new message SEE ALSO
inc(1), msh(1), pack(1), Proposed Standard for Message Encapsulation (RFC-934) DEFAULTS
`+folder' defaults to the current folder `msgs' defaults to cur `-noinplace' `-noquiet' `-noverbose' CONTEXT
If a folder is given, it will become the current folder. If -inplace is given, then the first message burst becomes the current message. This leaves the context ready for a show of the table of contents of the digest, and a next to see the first message of the digest. If -noinplace is given, then the first message extracted from the first digest burst becomes the current message. This leaves the context in a similar, but not identical, state to the context achieved when using -inplace. BUGS
The burst program enforces a limit on the number of messages which may be burst from a single message. This number is on the order of 1000 messages. There is usually no limit on the number of messages which may reside in the folder after the bursting. Although burst uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine where one encapsulated message ends and another begins, not all digestifying programs use an encapsulation algorithm. In degenerate cases, this usually results in burst finding an encapsulation boundary prematurely and splitting a single encapsulated message into two or more messages. These erroneous digestifying programs should be fixed. Furthermore, any text which appears after the last encapsulated message is not placed in a separate message by burst. In the case of digestified messages, this text is usually an "End of digest" string. As a result of this possibly un-friendly behavior on the part of burst, note that when the -inplace option is used, this trailing information is lost. In practice, this is not a problem since correspon- dents usually place remarks in text prior to the first encapsulated message, and this information is not lost. MH.6.8 11 June 2012 BURST(1)
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