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packf(1)						      General Commands Manual							  packf(1)

NAME
packf - compress a folder into a single file (only available within the message handling system, mh) SYNOPSIS
packf [+folder] [msgs] [-file name] [-help] OPTIONS
Specifies the file in which you want the message(s) to be stored. If you specify an existing file then the specified messages will be appended to the end of that file. Otherwise, a new file will be created and the messages placed in it. If you do not specify a filename, packf attempts to place the messages in a file called msgbox in the current working directory. If this file does not exist, packf asks whether you want to create it. Prints a list of the valid options to this command. The default settings for this command are: +folder defaults to the current folder msgs defaults to all -file DESCRIPTION
Each message in a folder is normally stored as a separate file. The packf command takes all messages from the current folder and copies them to a single specified file. Each message in the file is separated by four <CTRL/A>s and a newline. You can specify a folder other than the current folder by using the +folder argument. If you do not want all the messages in a folder to be packed into one file, you can specify a number of messages or a range of messages with message numbers. The first message packed will become the current message. If you specify a +folder argument, that folder will become the current folder. When messages have been packed into a file using packf, you can separate them into individual messages using the burst command. See burst(1). PROFILE COMPONENTS
Path: To determine the user's Mail directory Msg-Protect: To set protections when creating a new file EXAMPLES
The first example shows all the messages in the folder +lrp being packed into a file called planning: % packf +lrp -file planning The next example shows how packf prompts you if you do not specify a -file option. A file called msgbox is created by packf in your home directory, and messages 3 to 5 are packed into it: % packf +lrp 3-5 Create file "/machine/disk/username/msgbox"? y FILES
The user profile. SEE ALSO
burst(1) packf(1)

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

NAME
packf - pack messages in nmh folder into a single file SYNOPSIS
packf [+folder] [msgs] [-file name] [-mbox] [-mmdf] [-version] [-help] DESCRIPTION
Packf will pack copies of messages from a folder, into a single file. If the -mbox switch is given (the default), then the messages are separated using mbox (uucp) style delimiters. This is the format used by most mail clients (elm, mailx, etc.). If the -mmdf switch is given, then the messages are separated by mmdf style delimiters. Each message in the file is separated by four CTRL-A's and a newline. You may specify the name of the file in which to use with the -file name switch. If you do not specify the name of the file, it will default to "msgbox". If the given file name points to an existing file, then the specified messages will be appended to the end of the file, otherwise the file will be created and the messages appended. packf makes an mbox-style delimiter by examining the first line of the message. If the first line is a "Return-Path" field, its address and the current date and time are used. Otherwise, if the first line has an "X-Envelope-From" field, its contents (which should already be in the correct format) are used. Otherwise, a dummy address and the current date and time are used. Messages that are packed by packf can be unpacked using inc. FILES
$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile .msgbox.map A binary index of the file 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 `file' SEE ALSO
inc(1), msh(1) DEFAULTS
`+folder' defaults to the current folder `msgs' defaults to all `-mbox' `-file ./msgbox' CONTEXT
If a folder is given, it will become the current folder. The first message packed will become the current message. MH.6.8 11 June 2012 PACKF(1)
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