whatnow - prompting front-end for sending messages
When started, the editor is started on the draft (unless `-noedit' is given, in which case the initial edit is suppressed). Then, whatnow repetitively prompts the user with ``What now?'' and awaits a response. The valid responses are:
^edit~^re-edit using the same editor that was used on the ^~^preceding round unless a profile entry ^~^``<lasteditor>-next: <editor>'' names an alternate editor ^edit <editor>~^invoke <editor> for further editing ^refile +folder~^refile the draft into the given folder ^mime~^process the draft as MIME composition file using ^~^the "buildmimeproc" command (mhbuild by default) ^display~^list the message being distributed/replied-to ^~^on the terminal ^list~^list the draft on the terminal ^send~^send the message ^send -watch~^send the message and monitor the delivery process ^push~^send the message in the background ^whom~^list the addresses that the message will go to ^whom -check~^list the addresses and verify that they are ^~^acceptable to the transport service ^quit~^preserve the draft and exit ^quit -delete~^delete the draft and exit ^delete~^delete the draft and exit
When entering your response, you need only type enough characters to uniquely identify the response.
For the edit response, any valid switch to the editor is valid.
For the send and push responses, any valid switch to send (1) are valid (as push merely invokes send with the `-push' option).
For the whom response, any valid switch to whom (1) is valid.
For the refile response, any valid switch to the fileproc is valid.
For the display and list responses, any valid argument to the lproc is valid. If any non-switch arguments are present, then the pathname of the draft will be excluded from the argument list given to the lproc (this is useful for listing another nmh message).
See mh-profile (5) for further information about how editors are used by nmh. It also discusses how environment variables can be used to direct whatnow's actions in complex ways.
The `-prompt string' switch sets the prompting string for whatnow.
The `-draftfolder +folder' and `-draftmessage msg' switches invoke the nmh draft folder facility. This is an advanced (and highly useful) feature. Consult the mh-draft(5) man page for more information.
^$HOME/.mh_profile~^The user profile ^<mh-dir>/draft~^The draft file ^Path:~^To determine the user's nmh 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> ^automimeproc:~^If value is 1, and the draft is a MIME ^~^composition file, then automatically call ^~^buildmimeproc prior to sending. ^buildmimeproc:~^Program to translate MIME composition files ^fileproc:~^Program to refile the message ^lproc:~^Program to list the contents of a message ^sendproc:~^Program to use to send the message ^whomproc:~^Program to determine who a message would go to send(1), whom(1) `-prompt ``What Now? ''' None The argument to the `-prompt' switch must be interpreted as a single token by the shell that invokes whatnow. Therefore, one must usually place the argument to this switch inside double-quotes.
If the initial edit fails, whatnow deletes your draft (by renaming it with a leading comma); failure of a later edit preserves the draft.
If the buildmimeproc fails (returns a nonzero status), whatnow simply prints a ``What now?'' prompt. whatnow depends on the buildmimeproc to tell the user that something went wrong.
If whatnowproc is whatnow, then comp, dist, forw, and repl use a built-in whatnow, and do not actually run the whatnow program. Hence, if you define your own whatnowproc, don't call it whatnow since it won't be run.
If sendproc is send, then whatnow uses a built-in send, it does not actually run the send program. Hence, if you define your own sendproc, don't call it send since whatnow won't run it.
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