whatnow - prompting front-end for send
whatnow [ options ] [ file ]
After you have finished editing a draft message in or the program prompts you for the next required action. Press <Return> at the What
now? prompt to see a list of the available responses. These responses are:
edit [editor] [options]
refile [options] +folder
For more information on the options available with these commands, see the following reference pages:
Use display if you have been using or and want to see the original message. Use edit if you want to continue editing the draft. Use list
to display the draft message. If you use push, operates in the background and frees your terminal while the message is being sent.
Use quit to exit from and to save the draft message. The -delete option to quit will exit from and delete the draft message.
Use refile +folder to refile the draft message in a specified folder. The send response will cause the message to be delivered. Use whom
to find out who will receive the mail when it is sent.
Unless the -noedit option is given, the editor starts when is invoked.
For the edit response, you can specify an editor if you wish to override the editor specified in your (R)file. If you specify an editor
with the edit response, any valid option to the editor is valid. Similarly, for the send and whom responses, any valid option to send and
whom commands, respectively, are valid.
For the push response, use any valid option to MH invokes with the -push option.
For the refile response, any valid option to the is valid. The is the element of your mail profile which defines the program used to
refile messages in another folder. For more information, see
For the display and list responses, any valid argument to the is valid. If any non-option arguments are present, then the pathname of the
draft is excluded from the argument list given to the (this is useful for listing another MH message). The is the element in your mail
profile which defines the program used to display draft messages on your screen. For more information, see
See for further information about how editors are used by MH. It also describes and and shows how complex variables can be used to direct
the actions performed by
Although is usually invoked by other commands, you can use it as a separate command. You can run on a named file by specifying the file as
the file argument. If you do not give an absolute pathname (one beginning with a / or ./ or ../ ), assumes that the named file is in your
current working directory. If you want to run on an existing message, use the -draftfolder and -draftmessage options.
Specifies the folder in which searches for the draft message. By default, the current message in the named folder is used. If
you wish to specify another message, use the -draftmessage option. For more information on using a draft folder, see The -draft-
folder option can be set up in your user profile; see for more information.
Specifies the draft message to be used. If you specify a folder with the -draftfolder option, the -draftmessage option takes the
number of a message in that folder. If you do not specify a folder, -draftmessage takes the name of a file. If you do not give
an absolute pathname (one beginning with a / or ./ or ../ ), -draftmessage assumes that the file is located in your Mail direc-
tory. (This is different from the file argument to which assumes that the file you name is in your current working directory.)
Specifies the name of the editor you want to use to edit the draft message. Any legal ULTRIX editor can be specified. This
option is used only if you select the edit response to the What now? prompt.
-help Prints a list of the valid options for this command.
-noedit Prevents the initial invocation of an editor when an MH command is run. Normally, when you enter an MH command such as or the
program is called to start the initial edit of the draft message. If you add this option to the whatnow entry in your the ini-
tial edit of the draft message is disabled. This is a convenient way of disabling this edit for all MH commands, rather than
adding the -noedit entry to the entries for the individual commands in
Specifies the prompt used by The prompt you receive when you invoke can be specified as a string with this option. If the prompt
contains spaces, you must enclose the entire string in double quotes (" "). The default prompt is What now?
If the sendproc entry in your is uses a built-in program rather than running the regular If you define your own sendproc program, you
should not not call it as will not run it.
In the following example, takes the current message in the folder and asks what you want to do with it:
% whatnow -draftfolder +drafts
In the following example, takes message 6 from the folder
% whatnow -draftfolder +drafts -draftmessage 6
The following example sets the prompt to be Now What?:
% whatnow -prompt "Now What?"
Path: To determine your MH 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
fileproc: Program to refile the message
lproc: Program to list the contents of a message
sendproc: Program to send the message
whomproc: Program to determine who a message would go to
The user profile.
comp(1mh), send(1mh), whom(1mh)