mhpath - print full pathnames of MH messages and folders
mhpath [ +foldername ] [ msgs ] [ -help ]
Use the command to display the full pathname of the specified folder. If you do not specify a folder, displays the pathname of the current
If you specify a message with its message number, displays the pathname of the specified message. You can also specify a number of mes-
sages, or a range of messages. If the top of the range that you specify is greater than the last message in the folder, displays as much
of the specified range as possible.
Additionally can take a keyword or a sequence name. The following keywords are acceptable:
first The first message in the folder.
last The last message in the folder.
new The message after the last message in the folder. You cannot use new as part of a message range.
cur The current message in the folder.
prev The message before the current message.
next The message after the current message.
all All of the messages in the folder.
Options-help Prints a list of the valid options to this command.
In the following example, displays message 3 in the folder
% mhpath +inbox 3
The following example displays the pathname of messages 2 to 5 in the current folder:
% mhpath 2-5
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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 new-
lines. If no `msgs' are specified, mhpath outputs the current mail folder's pathname instead. If the only argument is `+', your nmh
"Path" is output; this can be useful in 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 mes-
sages). The "new" message may not be used as part of a message range.
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 existing
message, if the folder contains messages.
3) An empty folder is not in itself an error.
A message number less than that of the smallest existing message in a folder is treated as if the message already exists. A message number
greater than that of the highest existing message in a folder causes an "out of range" error message to be displayed.
As part of a range designation that contains messages that do exist, message numbers less than the smallest, or greater than the highest,
existing message in a folder are ignored.
Examples: The current folder foo contains messages 3 5 6. Cur is 4.
% mhpath all
% mhpath 2001
mhpath: message 2001 out of range 1-6
% mhpath 1-2001
% mhpath new
% mhpath last new
% mhpath last-new
mhpath: bad message list last-new
% mhpath cur
% mhpath 1-2
mhpath: 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
SEE ALSO folder(1)DEFAULTS
`+folder' defaults to the current folder
`msgs' defaults to none
Like all nmh commands, mhpath expands and sorts [msgs]. So don't expect
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.
MH.6.8 11 June 2012 MHPATH(1)