mhpath



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NAME

       mhpath - print full pathnames of nmh messages and folders


SYNOPSIS

       mhpath [+folder] [msgs] [-version] [-help]


DESCRIPTION

       Mhpath  expands  and  sorts the message list `msgs' and writes the full
       pathnames of the messages to the standard output separated by newlines.
       If no `msgs' are specified, mhpath outputs the folder pathname instead.
       If the only argument is `+', your nmh Path is output; this can be  use-
       ful is 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 messages).
       The "new" message may not be used as part of a message range.

       2) Within a message list, the following designations may refer to  mes-
       sages that do not exist: a single numeric message name, the single mes-
       sage name "cur", and (obviously) the single message  name  "new".   All
       other message designations must refer to at least one existing message.

       3) An empty folder is not in itself an error.

       Message numbers greater than the highest existing message in  a  folder
       as  part of a range designation are replaced with the next free message
       number.

       Examples: The current folder foo contains messages 3 5 6.  Cur is 4.

            % mhpath
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo

            % mhpath all
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6

            % mhpath 2001
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

            % mhpath 1-2001
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6

            % mhpath new
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

            % mhpath last new
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

            % mhpath last-new
            bad message list "last-new".

            % mhpath cur
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/4

            % mhpath 1-2
            no messages in range "1-2".

            % mhpath first:2
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5

            % mhpath 1 2
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/1
            /r/phyl/Mail/foo/2

       mhpath is also useful in back-quoted operations:

            % cd `mhpath +inbox`

            % echo `mhpath +`
            /r/phyl/Mail


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


SEE ALSO

       folder(1)


DEFAULTS

       `+folder' defaults to the current folder
       `msgs' defaults to none


CONTEXT

       None


BUGS

       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.



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