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       dist - distribute an nmh message to additional addresses

       dist [-help] [-version] [+folder] [msg] [-form formfile] [-annotate |
            -noannotate] [-inplace | -noinplace] [-draftfolder +folder]
            [-draftmessage msg] [-nodraftfolder] [-editor editor] [-noedit]
            [-width columns] [-from address] [-to address] [-cc address] [-fcc
            +folder] [-whatnowproc program] [-nowhatnowproc] [-atfile]

       dist is similar to forw.  It prepares the specified message for
       redistribution to addresses that (presumably) are not on the original
       address list.

       The default message form contains the following elements:

            Resent-From: {from switch} or <Local-Mailbox> or <username@hostname>
            Resent-To: {to switch} or blank
            Resent-cc: {cc switch} or blank
            Resent-fcc: {fcc switch} or blank

       If a file named “distcomps” exists in the user's nmh directory, it will
       be used instead of this default form.  You may specify an alternate
       forms file with the switch -form formfile.  Forms are processed via the
       nmh template system; see mh-format(5) for details.  Components from the
       redistributed message are available as standard component escapes in
       the forms file.

       In addition to the standard mh-format(5) escapes, the following
       component escapes are also supported:

            Escape    Returns   Description
            fcc       string    Any folders specified with `-fcc folder'
            nmh-from  string    Addresses specified with `-from address'
            nmh-to    string    Addresses specified with `-to address'
            nmh-cc    string    Addresses specified with `-cc address'

       See the forw(1) man page for descriptions of the -from, -to, -cc, and
       -fcc switches.

       If the draft already exists, dist will ask you as to the disposition of
       the draft.  A reply of quit will abort dist, leaving the draft intact;
       replace will replace the existing draft with a blank skeleton; and list
       will display the draft.

       Only those addresses in “Resent-To:”, “Resent-cc:”, and “Resent-Bcc:”
       will be sent.  Also, a “Resent-Fcc: folder” will be honored (see
       send(1)).  Note that with dist, the draft should contain only
       “Resent-xxx:” fields and no body.  The headers and the body of the
       original message are copied to the draft when the message is sent.  Use
       care in constructing the headers for the redistribution.

       Because the draft is minimal, the prompter(1) editor is quite useful
       with dist.

       If the -annotate switch is given, the  message being distributed will
       be annotated with the lines:
              Resent: date
              Resent: addrs
       where each address list contains as many lines as required.  This
       annotation will be done only if the message is sent directly from dist.
       If the message is not sent immediately from dist, “comp -use” may be
       used to re-edit and send the constructed message, but the annotations
       won't take place.  Normally annotations are done in place in order to
       preserve any links to the message.  You may use the -noinplace switch
       to change this.

       See comp(1) for a description of the -editor and -noedit switches.
       Note that while in the editor, with -atfile and if the current
       directory is writable, the message being resent is available through a
       link named “@” (assuming the default whatnowproc).  In addition, the
       actual pathname of the message is stored in the environment variable
       $editalt, and the pathname of the folder containing the message is
       stored in the environment variable $mhfolder.  The creation of the “@”
       file is controlled via the -atfile and -noatfile options.

       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.

       Upon exiting from the editor, dist will invoke the whatnow program.
       See whatnow(1) for a discussion of available options.  The invocation
       of this program can be inhibited by using the -nowhatnowproc switch.
       (In fact, it is the whatnow program which starts the initial edit.
       Hence, -nowhatnowproc will prevent any edit from occurring.)

       /etc/nmh/distcomps  The default message skeleton.
       <mh-dir>/distcomps  The user's message skeleton.
       $HOME/.mh_profile   The user's profile.
       <mh-dir>/draft      The draft file.

       Path:               To determine the user's nmh directory.
       Current-Folder:     To find the default current folder.
       Draft-Folder:       To find the default draft-folder.
       Editor:             To override the default editor.
       fileproc:           Program to refile the message.
       whatnowproc:        Program to ask the “What now?” questions.

       comp(1), forw(1), prompter(1), repl(1), send(1), whatnow(1)

       +folder             The current folder.
       msg                 The current message.

       If a folder is given, it will become the current folder.  The message
       distributed will become the current message.

       dist originally used headers of the form “Distribute-xxx:” instead of
       “Resent-xxx:”.  In order to conform with the ARPA Internet standard,
       RFC 822, the “Resent-xxx:” form is now used.  dist will recognize
       “Distribute-xxx:” type headers and automatically convert them to

       dist does not rigorously check the message being distributed for
       adherence to the transport standard, but post called by send does.  The
       post program will balk (and rightly so) at poorly formatted messages,
       and dist won't correct things for you.

       If whatnowproc is whatnow, then comp uses a built-in whatnow, it does
       not actually run the whatnow program.  Hence, if you define your own
       whatnowproc, don't call it whatnow since comp won't run it.

nmh-1.7.1                         2012-12-04                           DIST(1)