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xmh(1)                                                                  xmh(1)


       xmh - send and read mail with an X interface to MH


       xmh [-path mailpath] [-initial foldername] [-flag] [-toolkitoption ...]


       The xmh program provides a graphical user interface to the  MH  Message
       Handling  System.  To actually do things with your mail, it makes calls
       to the MH package.  Electronic mail messages  may  be  composed,  sent,
       received,  replied  to,  forwarded, sorted, and stored in folders.  xmh
       provides extensive mechanism for customization of the user interface.

       This document introduces many aspects of the Athena Widget Set.


       -path directory
               This option specifies an alternate collection of  mail  folders
               in  which  to  process  mail.  The directory is specified as an
               absolute pathname.  The default mail path is the value  of  the
               Path component in the MH profile, which is determined by the MH
               environment  variable  and   defaults   to   $HOME/.mh_profile.
               $HOME/Mail will be used as the path if the MH Path is not given
               in the profile.

       -initial folder
               This option specifies an alternate folder which may receive new
               mail  and  is  initially  opened  by  xmh.  The default initial
               folder is ``inbox''.

       -flag   This option will cause xmh to change the appearance  of  appro-
               priate  folder  buttons  and  to  request the window manager to
               change the appearance  of  the  xmh  icon  when  new  mail  has
               arrived.   By  default,  xmh  will change the appearance of the
               ``inbox'' folder button when new mail is waiting.  The applica-
               tion-specific  resource  checkNewMail  can  be used to turn off
               this notification, and the -flag option will still override it.

       These  three options have corresponding application-specific resources,
       MailPath, InitialFolder, and MailWaitingFlag, which can be specified in
       a resource file.

       The standard toolkit command line options are given in X(7).


       xmh  requires that the user is already set up to use MH, version 6.  To
       do so, see if there is a file called .mh_profile in  your  home  direc-
       tory.   If  it  exists,  check to see if it contains a line that starts
       with ``Current-Folder''.  If it does, you've been using  version  4  or
       earlier  of  MH;  to  convert  to version 6, you must remove that line.
       (Failure to do so causes spurious output to stderr, which can hang  xmh
       depending on your setup.)

       If  you  do  not  already  have  a .mh_profile, you can create one (and
       everything else you need) by typing ``inc'' to the shell.   You  should
       do this before using xmh to incorporate new mail.

       For more information, refer to the mh(1) documentation.

       Much  of the user interface of xmh is configured in the Xmh application
       class defaults file; if this file was not installed properly a  warning
       message will appear when xmh is used.  xmh is backwards compatible with
       the R4 application class defaults file.

       The default value of the SendBreakWidth resource has changed since  R4.


       xmh starts out with a single window, divided into four major areas:

       -   Six buttons with pull-down command menus.

       -   A  collection of buttons, one for each top level folder.  New users
           of MH will have two folders, ``drafts'' and ``inbox''.

       -   A listing, or Table of  Contents,  of  the  messages  in  the  open
           folder.  Initially, this will show the messages in ``inbox''.

       -   A view of one of your messages.  Initially this is blank.


       xmh  uses  the X Toolkit Intrinsics and the Athena Widget Set.  Many of
       the features described below (scrollbars, buttonboxes, etc.) are  actu-
       ally  part  of  the  Athena Widget Set, and are described here only for
       completeness.  For more information, see the Athena Widget Set documen-

       Some  parts  of  the  main window will have a vertical area on the left
       containing a grey bar.  This area is a scrollbar.  They are used  when-
       ever  the  data  in a window takes up more space than can be displayed.
       The grey bar indicates what portion of your data is visible.  Thus,  if
       the entire length of the area is grey, then you are looking at all your
       data.  If only the first half is grey, then you are looking at the  top
       half  of  your  data.   The message viewing area will have a horizontal
       scrollbar if the text of the message is wider than the viewing area.

       You can use the pointer in the scrollbar to change  what  part  of  the
       data  is  visible.   If you click with pointer button 2, the top of the
       grey area will move to where the pointer is, and the corresponding por-
       tion of data will be displayed.  If you hold down pointer button 2, you
       can drag around the grey area.  This makes it easy to get to the top of
       the  data: just press with button 2, drag off the top of the scrollbar,
       and release.

       If you click with button 1, then the data to the right of  the  pointer
       will scroll to the top of the window.  If you click with pointer button
       3, then the data at the top of the window will scroll down to where the
       pointer is.

       Any  area  containing  many  words or short phrases, each enclosed in a
       rectangular or rounded boundary, is called a buttonbox.  Each rectangle
       or  rounded  area is actually a button that you can press by moving the
       pointer onto it and pressing pointer button 1.  If  a  given  buttonbox
       has  more  buttons  in  it  than  can  fit, it will be displayed with a
       scrollbar, so you can always scroll to the button you want.

       Some buttons have pull-down menus.  Pressing the pointer  button  while
       the  pointer  is over one of these buttons will pull down a menu.  Con-
       tinuing to hold the button down while moving the pointer over the menu,
       called dragging the pointer, will highlight each selectable item on the
       menu as the pointer passes over it.  To select an  item  in  the  menu,
       release the pointer button while the item is highlighted.

       If you're not satisfied with the sizes of the various areas of the main
       window, they can easily be changed.  Near the right edge of the  border
       between  each  region  is  a black box, called a grip.  Simply point to
       that grip with the pointer, press a pointer button, drag  up  or  down,
       and  release.  Exactly what happens depends on which pointer button you

       If you drag with the pointer button 2, then only that border will move.
       This mode is simplest to understand, but is the least useful.

       If  you  drag with pointer button 1, then you are adjusting the size of
       the window above.  xmh will attempt to  compensate  by  adjusting  some
       window below it.

       If  you  drag with pointer button 3, then you are adjusting the size of
       the window below.  xmh will attempt to  compensate  by  adjusting  some
       window above it.

       All  windows have a minimum and maximum size; you will never be allowed
       to move a border past the point where it would make a  window  have  an
       invalid size.


       This  section  will define the concepts of the selected folder, current
       folder, selected message(s), current message,  selected  sequence,  and
       current sequence.  Each xmh command is introduced.

       For  use in customization, action procedures corresponding to each com-
       mand are given; these action procedures can be used  to  customize  the
       user  interface,  particularly  the keyboard accelerators and the func-
       tionality of the buttons in the optional  button  box  created  by  the
       application resource CommandButtonCount.

       A folder contains a collection of mail messages, or is empty.  xmh sup-
       ports folders with one level of subfolders.

       The selected folder is whichever foldername appears in  the  bar  above
       the  folder buttons.  Note that this is not necessarily the same folder
       that is currently being viewed.  To change the  selected  folder,  just
       press  on  the  desired  folder  button  with pointer button 1; if that
       folder has subfolders, select a folder from the pull-down menu.

       The Table of Contents, or toc, lists the messages in the viewed folder.
       The  title  bar  above  the  Table of Contents displays the name of the
       viewed folder.

       The toc title bar also displays the name of the viewed sequence of mes-
       sages  within  the viewed folder.  Every folder has an implicit ``all''
       sequence, which contains all the messages in the folder, and  initially
       the toc title bar will show ``inbox:all''.

       The Folder command menu contains commands of a global nature:

       Open Folder
               Display  the  data  in the selected folder.  Thus, the selected
               folder also becomes the viewed folder.   The  action  procedure
               corresponding  to  this command is XmhOpenFolder([foldername]).
               It takes an optional argument as the name of a folder to select
               and  open;  if  no  folder is specified, the selected folder is
               opened.  It may be specified as part of  an  event  translation
               from  a folder menu button or from a folder menu, or as a bind-
               ing of a keyboard accelerator to  any  widget  other  than  the
               folder menu buttons or the folder menus.

       Open Folder in New Window
               Displays  the  selected  folder  in  an additional main window.
               Note, however, that you cannot reliably display the same folder
               in  more  than one window at a time, although xmh will not pre-
               vent you from trying.  The  corresponding  action  is  XmhOpen-

       Create Folder
               Create  a  new folder.  You will be prompted for a name for the
               new folder; to enter the name, move the pointer  to  the  blank
               box  provided  and  type.  Subfolders are created by specifying
               the parent folder, a slash, and the subfolder name.  For  exam-
               ple,  to  create a folder named ``xmh'' which is a subfolder of
               an existing folder  named  ``clients'',  type  ``clients/xmh''.
               Click  on  the  Okay button when finished, or just type Return;
               click on Cancel to cancel this operation.   The  action  corre-
               sponding to Create Folder is XmhCreateFolder().

       Delete Folder
               Destroy the selected folder.  You will be asked to confirm this
               action (see CONFIRMATION WINDOWS).  Destroying  a  folder  will
               also  destroy any subfolders of that folder.  The corresponding
               action is XmhDeleteFolder().

       Close Window
               Exits xmh, after first  confirming  that  you  won't  lose  any
               changes; or, if selected from any additional xmh window, simply
               closes that window.  The corresponding action is XmhClose().

       It is possible to highlight a set of adjacent messages in the  area  of
       the  Table  of  Contents.   To  highlight  a  message, click on it with
       pointer button 1.  To highlight a range of messages, click on the first
       one with pointer button 1 and on the last one with pointer button 3; or
       press pointer button 1, drag,  and  release.   To  extend  a  range  of
       selected  messages, use pointer button 3.  To highlight all messages in
       the table of contents, click rapidly three times with pointer button 1.
       To  cancel any selection in the table of contents, click rapidly twice.

       The selected messages are the same as the highlighted messages, if any.
       If  no messages are highlighted, then the selected messages are consid-
       ered the same as the current message.

       The current message is indicated by a `+' next to the  message  number.
       It  usually  corresponds  to  the message currently being viewed.  Upon
       opening a new folder, for example, the current message will be  differ-
       ent  from  the viewed message.  When a message is viewed, the title bar
       above the view will identify the message.

       The Table of Contents command menu contains commands which  operate  on
       the open, or viewed, folder.

       Incorporate New Mail
                         Add  any  new mail received to viewed folder, and set
                         the current message to  be  the  first  new  message.
                         This  command is selectable in the menu and will exe-
                         cute only if the viewed folder is allowed to  receive
                         new  mail.   By default, only ``inbox'' is allowed to
                         incorporate new mail.  The  corresponding  action  is

       Commit Changes    Execute  all  deletions,  moves, and copies that have
                         been marked in this folder.  The corresponding action
                         is XmhCommitChanges().

       Pack Folder       Renumber  the  messages  in this folder so they start
                         with 1 and increment by 1.  The corresponding  action
                         is XmhPackFolder().

       Sort Folder       Sort  the  messages  in  this folder in chronological
                         order.  (As a side effect, this  may  also  pack  the
                         folder.)    The   corresponding  action  is  XmhSort-

       Rescan Folder     Rebuild the list of messages.  This can be used when-
                         ever you suspect that xmh's idea of what messages you
                         have is wrong.  (In particular, this is necessary  if
                         you  change things using straight MH commands without
                         using xmh.)  The corresponding action is XmhForceRes-

       The  Message  command  menu  contains  commands  which  operate  on the
       selected message(s), or if there are no selected messages, the  current

       Compose Message   Composes a new message.  A new window will be brought
                         up for composition; a description of it is  given  in
                         the  COMPOSITION WINDOWS section below.  This command
                         does not affect the current message.  The correspond-
                         ing action is XmhComposeMessage().

       View Next Message View  the first selected message.  If no messages are
                         highlighted, view the current  message.   If  current
                         message  is  already  being  viewed,  view  the first
                         unmarked message after the current message.  The cor-
                         responding action is XmhViewNextMessage().

       View Previous     View  the  last selected message.  If no messages are
                         highlighted, view the current  message.   If  current
                         message  is  already  being  viewed,  view  the first
                         unmarked message before  the  current  message.   The
                         corresponding action is XmhViewPrevious().

       Delete            Mark  the selected messages for deletion.  If no mes-
                         sages are highlighted, mark the current  message  for
                         deletion  and automatically display the next unmarked
                         message.    The   corresponding   action   is    Xmh-

       Move              Mark  the selected messages to be moved into the cur-
                         rently selected folder.  (If the selected  folder  is
                         the same as the viewed folder, this command will just
                         beep.)  If no messages are highlighted, mark the cur-
                         rent  message  to  be  moved  and  display  the  next
                         unmarked message.  The corresponding action  is  Xmh-

       Copy as Link      Mark  the  selected  messages  to  be copied into the
                         selected folder.  (If the selected folder is the same
                         as  the  viewed folder, this command will just beep.)
                         If no messages are highlighted, mark the current mes-
                         sage  to  be copied.  Note that messages are actually
                         linked, not copied; editing a message copied  by  xmh
                         will  affect  all  copies of the message.  The corre-
                         sponding action is XmhMarkCopy().

       Unmark            Remove any of the above three marks from the selected
                         messages,  or  the current message, if none are high-
                         lighted.  The corresponding action is XmhUnmark().

       View in New       Create a new window containing only  a  view  of  the
                         first  selected  message,  or the current message, if
                         none are highlighted.  The  corresponding  action  is

       Reply             Create  a  composition  window  in reply to the first
                         selected message, or the current message, if none are
                         highlighted.  The corresponding action is XmhReply().

       Forward           Create a composition window whose body is initialized
                         to  contain  an encapsulation of of the selected mes-
                         sages, or the  current  message  if  none  are  high-
                         lighted.  The corresponding action is XmhForward().

       Use as Composition
                         Create a composition window whose body is initialized
                         to be the contents of the first selected message,  or
                         the  current  message  if  none  are  selected.   Any
                         changes you make in the composition will be saved  in
                         a  new message in the ``drafts'' folder, and will not
                         change the original message.  However,  there  is  an
                         exception to this rule.  If the message to be used as
                         composition was selected from the ``drafts''  folder,
                         (see  BUGS),  the  changes  will  be reflected in the
                         original  message  (see  COMPOSITION  WINDOWS).   The
                         action  procedure  corresponding  to  this command is

       Print             Print the selected messages, or the  current  message
                         if  none are selected.  xmh normally prints by invok-
                         ing the enscript(1) command, but  this  can  be  cus-
                         tomized  with  the  xmh application-specific resource
                         PrintCommand.   The  corresponding  action  is   Xmh-

       The  Sequence  command  menu  contains  commands  pertaining to message
       sequences (See MESSAGE-SEQUENCES), and a list of the  message-sequences
       defined for the currently viewed folder.  The selected message-sequence
       is indicated by a check mark in its entry in the margin  of  the  menu.
       To  change the selected message-sequence, select a new message-sequence
       from the sequence menu.

       Pick Messages     Define a  new  message-sequence.   The  corresponding
                         action is XmhPickMessages().

       The following menu entries will be sensitive only if the current folder
       has any message-sequences other than the ``all'' message-sequence.

       Open Sequence     Change the viewed sequence to  be  the  same  as  the
                         selected   sequence.   The  corresponding  action  is

       Add to Sequence   Add the selected messages to the  selected  sequence.
                         The corresponding action is XmhAddToSequence().

       Remove from Sequence
                         Remove   the  selected  messages  from  the  selected
                         sequence.  The corresponding action is XmhRemoveFrom-

       Delete Sequence   Remove  the selected sequence entirely.  The messages
                         themselves are  not  affected;  they  simply  are  no
                         longer grouped together to define a message-sequence.
                         The corresponding action is XmhDeleteSequence().

       Commands in the View menu and in the buttonboxes of view windows (which
       result  from  the Message menu command View In New) correspond in func-
       tionality to commands of the same name in the Message  menu,  but  they
       operate on the viewed message rather than the selected messages or cur-
       rent message.

       Close Window      When the viewed message is in a separate view window,
                         this  command  will  close the view, after confirming
                         the status of any unsaved edits.   The  corresponding
                         action procedure is XmhCloseView().

       Reply             Create  a  composition  window in reply to the viewed
                         message.  The related action procedure is  XmhViewRe-

       Forward           Create a composition window whose body is initialized
                         contain an encapsulation of the viewed message.   The
                         corresponding action is XmhViewForward().

       Use As Composition
                         Create a composition window whose body is initialized
                         to be  the  contents  of  the  viewed  message.   Any
                         changes  made in the composition window will be saved
                         in a new message in the ``drafts'' folder,  and  will
                         not  change  the  original message.  An exception: if
                         the viewed message was selected from  the  ``drafts''
                         folder,  (see  BUGS)  the original message is edited.
                         The action procedure corresponding to this command is

       Edit Message      This command enables the direct editing of the viewed
                         message.  The action procedure is XmhEditView().

       Save Message      This command is insensitive  until  the  message  has
                         been  edited;  when activated, edits will be saved to
                         the original message in the view.  The  corresponding
                         action is XmhSaveView().

       Print             Print the viewed message.  xmh prints by invoking the
                         enscript(1) command, but this can be customized  with
                         the  application-specific resource PrintCommand.  The
                         corresponding action procedure is XmhPrintView().

       Delete            Marks the viewed message for  deletion.   The  corre-
                         sponding action procedure is XmhViewMarkDelete().


       The Options menu contains one entry.

       Read in Reverse
              When  selected,  a check mark appears in the margin of this menu
              entry.  Read in Reverse will switch the meaning of the next  and
              previous  messages,  and  will  increment to the current message
              marker in the opposite direction.  This is useful if you want to
              read  your  messages  in  the  order  of most recent first.  The
              option acts as a toggle; select it from the menu a  second  time
              to  undo  the effect.  The check mark appears when the option is


       Composition windows are created by selecting Compose Message  from  the
       Message command menu, or by selecting Reply or Forward or Use as Compo-
       sition from the Message or View command menu.  These are used  to  com-
       pose  mail  messages.   Aside  from  the normal text editing functions,
       there are six command buttons associated with composition windows:

       Close Window      Close this composition window.  If changes have  been
                         made  since the most recent Save or Send, you will be
                         asked to  confirm  losing  them.   The  corresponding
                         action is XmhCloseView().

       Send              Send  this  composition.  The corresponding action is

       New Headers       Replace the current composition with  an  empty  mes-
                         sage.   If  changes  have  been  made  since the most
                         recent Send or Save, you will  be  asked  to  confirm
                         losing  them.   The corresponding action is XmhReset-

       Compose Message   Bring up another new composition window.  The  corre-
                         sponding action is XmhComposeMessage().

       Save Message      Save  this  composition  in your drafts folder.  Then
                         you can safely close the composition.  At some future
                         date,  you can continue working on the composition by
                         opening the drafts folder, selecting the message, and
                         using the ``Use as Composition'' command.  The corre-
                         sponding action is XmhSave().

       Insert            Insert a related message into  the  composition.   If
                         the  composition  window was created with a ``Reply''
                         command, the related message  is  the  message  being
                         replied  to,  otherwise no related message is defined
                         and this button is insensitive.  The message  may  be
                         filtered before being inserted; see ReplyInsertFilter
                         under APPLICATION  RESOURCES  for  more  information.
                         The corresponding action is XmhInsert().


       Accelerators  are shortcuts.  They allow you to invoke commands without
       using the menus, either from the keyboard or by using the pointer.

       xmh defines pointer accelerators for common actions: To select and view
       a  message  with  a single click, use pointer button 2 on the message's
       entry in the table of contents.  To select  and  open  a  folder  or  a
       sequence in a single action, make the folder or sequence selection with
       pointer button 2.

       To mark the highlighted messages, or current message if none have  been
       highlighted,  to  be  moved to a folder in a single action, use pointer
       button 3 to select the target folder and simultaneously mark  the  mes-
       sages.   Similarly, selecting a sequence with pointer button 3 will add
       the highlighted or current message(s) to that  sequence.   In  both  of
       these operations, the selected folder or sequence and the viewed folder
       or sequence are not changed.

       xmh defines the following keyboard accelerators over the surface of the
       main window, except in the view area while editing a message:

       Meta-I       Incorporate New Mail
       Meta-C       Commit Changes
       Meta-R       Rescan Folder
       Meta-P       Pack Folder
       Meta-S       Sort Folder

       Meta-space   View Next Message
       Meta-c       Mark Copy
       Meta-d       Mark Deleted
       Meta-f       Forward the selected or current message
       Meta-m       Mark Move
       Meta-n       View Next Message
       Meta-p       View Previous Message
       Meta-r       Reply to the selected or current message
       Meta-u       Unmark

       Ctrl-V       Scroll the table of contents forward
       Meta-V       Scroll the table of contents backward
       Ctrl-v       Scroll the view forward
       Meta-v       Scroll the view backward


       All  of the text editing commands are actually defined by the Text wid-
       get in the Athena Widget Set.  The commands may be bound  to  different
       keys than the defaults described below through the X Toolkit Intrinsics
       key re-binding mechanisms.  See the X Toolkit Intrinsics and the Athena
       Widget Set documentation for more details.

       Whenever  you are asked to enter any text, you will be using a standard
       text editing interface.  Various control and  meta  keystroke  combina-
       tions are bound to a somewhat Emacs-like set of commands.  In addition,
       the pointer buttons may be used to select a portion of text or to  move
       the  insertion point in the text.  Pressing pointer button 1 causes the
       insertion point to move  to  the  pointer.   Double-clicking  button  1
       selects  a  word,  triple-clicking  selects  a line, quadruple-clicking
       selects a paragraph, and clicking rapidly  five  times  selects  every-
       thing.   Any  selection  may  be  extended in either direction by using
       pointer button 3.

       In the following, a line refers to one displayed row of  characters  in
       the  window.   A paragraph refers to the text between carriage returns.
       Text within a paragraph is broken into lines for display based  on  the
       current  width  of  the window.  When a message is sent, text is broken
       into lines based upon the values of the  SendBreakWidth  and  SendWidth
       application-specific resources.

       The following keystroke combinations are defined:

       Ctrl-a                 Beginning Of Line
       Ctrl-b                 Backward Character
       Ctrl-d                 Delete Next Character
       Ctrl-e                 End Of Line
       Ctrl-f                 Forward Character
       Ctrl-g                 Multiply Reset
       Ctrl-h                 Delete Previous Character
       Ctrl-j                 Newline And Indent
       Ctrl-k                 Kill To End Of Line
       Ctrl-l                 Redraw Display
       Ctrl-m                 Newline
       Ctrl-n                 Next Line
       Ctrl-o                 Newline And Backup
       Ctrl-p                 Previous Line
       Ctrl-r                 Search/Replace Backward
       Ctrl-s                 Search/Replace Forward
       Ctrl-t                 Transpose Characters
       Ctrl-u                 Multiply by 4
       Ctrl-v                 Next Page
       Ctrl-w                 Kill Selection
       Ctrl-y                 Unkill
       Ctrl-z                 Scroll One Line Up
       Meta-b                 Backward Word
       Meta-f                 Forward Word
       Meta-i                 Insert File
       Meta-k                 Kill To End Of Paragraph
       Meta-q                 Form Paragraph
       Meta-v                 Previous Page
       Meta-y                 Insert Current Selection
       Meta-z                 Scroll One Line Down
       Meta-d                 Delete Next Word
       Meta-D                 Kill Word
       Meta-h                 Delete Previous Word
       Meta-H                 Backward Kill Word
       Meta-<                 Beginning Of File
       Meta->                 End Of File
       Meta-]                 Forward Paragraph
       Meta-[                 Backward Paragraph
       Meta-Delete            Delete Previous Word
       Meta-Shift Delete      Kill Previous Word
       Meta-Backspace         Delete Previous Word
       Meta-Shift Backspace   Kill Previous Word

       In addition, the pointer may be used to copy and paste text:

       Button 1 Down     Start Selection
       Button 1 Motion   Adjust Selection
       Button 1 Up       End Selection (copy)
       Button 2 Down     Insert Current Selection (paste)
       Button 3 Down     Extend Current Selection
       Button 3 Motion   Adjust Selection
       Button 3 Up       End Selection (copy)


       Whenever  you press a button that may cause you to lose some work or is
       otherwise dangerous, a popup dialog box will appear asking you to  con-
       firm  the action.  This window will contain an ``Abort'' or ``No'' but-
       ton and a ``Confirm'' or ``Yes'' button.  Pressing  the  ``No''  button
       cancels  the  operation, and pressing the ``Yes'' will proceed with the

       When xmh is run under a Release 6 session manager it  will  prompt  the
       user  for  confirmation  during a checkpoint operation.  The dialog box
       asks whether any current changes should be committed (saved) during the
       checkpoint.   Responding  ``Yes'' will have the same effect as pressing
       the ``Commit Changes'' or ``Save Message'' buttons  in  the  respective
       folder  and  view windows.  Responding ``No'' will cause the checkpoint
       to continue successfully to  completion  without  actually  saving  any
       pending  changes.   If  the  session manager disallows user interaction
       during the checkpoint a ``Yes'' response is assumed; i.e.  all  changes
       will be committed during the checkpoint.

       Some dialog boxes contain messages from MH.  Occasionally when the mes-
       sage is more than one line long, not all of the text will  be  visible.
       Clicking  on  the  message field will cause the dialog box to resize so
       that you can read the entire message.


       An MH message sequence is just a set of messages associated  with  some
       name.  They are local to a particular folder; two different folders can
       have sequences with the same name.  The sequence named ``all'' is  pre-
       defined in every folder; it consists of the set of all messages in that
       folder.  As many as nine sequences may  be  defined  for  each  folder,
       including  the  predefined  ``all'' sequence.  (The sequence ``cur'' is
       also usually defined for every folder; it consists of only the  current
       message.   xmh  hides ``cur'' from the user, instead placing a ``+'' by
       the  current  message.   Also,  xmh  does  not  support  MH's``unseen''
       sequence, so that one is also hidden from the user.)

       The message sequences for a folder (including one for ``all'') are dis-
       played in the ``Sequence'' menu, below the sequence commands.  The  ta-
       ble of contents (also known as the ``toc'') is at any one time display-
       ing one message sequence.  This is called the ``viewed sequence'',  and
       its  name will be displayed in the toc title bar after the folder name.
       Also, at any time one of the sequences in the menu will  have  a  check
       mark  next to it.  This is called the ``selected sequence''.  Note that
       the viewed sequence and the selected sequence are not  necessarily  the
       same.  (This all pretty much corresponds to the way folders work.)

       The  Open  Sequence,  Add to Sequence, Remove from Sequence, and Delete
       Sequence commands are active only if the viewed  folder  contains  mes-
       sage-sequences other than ``all'' sequence.

       Note that none of the above actually affect whether a message is in the
       folder.  Remember that a sequence is  a  set  of  messages  within  the
       folder; the above operations just affect what messages are in that set.

       To create a new sequence, select the ``Pick'' menu entry.  A new window
       will  appear,  with  lots  of  places to enter text. Basically, you can
       describe the sequence's initial set of messages based  on  characteris-
       tics  of  the  message.   Thus, you can define a sequence to be all the
       messages that were from a particular person, or with a particular  sub-
       ject,  and  so  on.  You can also connect things up with boolean opera-
       tors, so you can select all things from  ``weissman''  with  a  subject
       containing ``xmh''.

       The  layout should be fairly obvious.  The simplest cases are the easi-
       est: just point to the proper field and type.  If  you  enter  in  more
       than  one field, it will only select messages which match all non-empty

       The more complicated cases arise when you want things  that  match  one
       field  or  another  one, but not necessarily both.  That's what all the
       ``or'' buttons are for.  If you want  all  things  with  subjects  that
       include  ``xmh'' or ``xterm'', just press the ``or'' button next to the
       ``Subject:'' field.  Another  box  will  appear  where  you  can  enter
       another subject.

       If  you  want  all  things  either  from  ``weissman''  or with subject
       ``xmh'', but not necessarily both, select the  ``-Or-''  button.   This
       will  essentially  double  the  size  of  the form.  You can then enter
       ``weissman'' in a from: box on the top half, and ``xmh'' in a  subject:
       box on the lower part.

       If  you select the ``Skip'' button, then only those messages that don't
       match the fields on that row are included.

       Finally, in the bottom part of the  window  will  appear  several  more
       boxes.   One is the name of the sequence you're defining.  (It defaults
       to the name of the selected sequence when ``Pick'' was pressed,  or  to
       ``temp''  if  ``all''  was the selected sequence.)  Another box defines
       which sequence to look through for potential members of this  sequence;
       it defaults to the viewed sequence when ``Pick'' was pressed.

       Two  more  boxes  define  a  date range; only messages within that date
       range will be considered.  These dates must be entered in RFC 822-style
       format:  each  date is of the form ``dd mmm yy hh:mm:ss zzz'', where dd
       is a one or two digit day of the month, mmm is the three-letter  abbre-
       viation  for  a  month,  and  yy  is  a year.  The remaining fields are
       optional: hh, mm, and ss specify a time of day, and zzz selects a  time
       zone.  Note that if the time is left out, it defaults to midnight; thus
       if you select a range of ``7 nov 86'' - ``8 nov 86'', you will only get
       messages  from  the  7th,  as all messages on the 8th will have arrived
       after midnight.

       ``Date field'' specifies which field in the header to look at for  this
       date  range;  it defaults to ``Date''.  If the sequence you're defining
       already exists, you can optionally merge the  old  set  with  the  new;
       that's what the ``Yes'' and ``No'' buttons are all about.  Finally, you
       can ``OK'' the whole thing, or ``Cancel'' it.

       In general, most people will rarely use these features.  However,  it's
       nice  to  occasionally use ``Pick'' to find some messages, look through
       them, and then hit ``Delete Sequence'' to  put  things  back  in  their
       original state.


       In  order  to  specify resources, it is useful to know the hierarchy of
       widgets which compose xmh.  In the notation  below,  indentation  indi-
       cates  hierarchical  structure.   The widget class name is given first,
       followed by the widget instance name.  The application  class  name  is

       The  hierarchy  of  the main toc and view window is identical for addi-
       tional toc and view windows, except  that  a  TopLevelShell  widget  is
       inserted  in  the hierarchy between the application shell and the Paned

       Xmh xmh
               Paned xmh
                       SimpleMenu  folderMenu
                               SmeBSB  open
                               SmeBSB  openInNew
                               SmeBSB  create
                               SmeBSB  delete
                               SmeLine  line
                               SmeBSB  close
                       SimpleMenu  tocMenu
                               SmeBSB  inc
                               SmeBSB  commit
                               SmeBSB  pack
                               SmeBSB  sort
                               SmeBSB  rescan
                       SimpleMenu  messageMenu
                               SmeBSB  compose
                               SmeBSB  next
                               SmeBSB  prev
                               SmeBSB  delete
                               SmeBSB  move
                               SmeBSB  copy
                               SmeBSB  unmark
                               SmeBSB  viewNew
                               SmeBSB  reply
                               SmeBSB  forward
                               SmeBSB  useAsComp
                               SmeBSB  print
                       SimpleMenu  sequenceMenu
                               SmeBSB  pick
                               SmeBSB  openSeq
                               SmeBSB  addToSeq
                               SmeBSB  removeFromSeq
                               SmeBSB  deleteSeq
                               SmeLine  line
                               SmeBSB  all
                       SimpleMenu  viewMenu
                               SmeBSB  reply
                               SmeBSB  forward
                               SmeBSB  useAsComp
                               SmeBSB  edit
                               SmeBSB  save
                               SmeBSB  print
                       SimpleMenu  optionMenu
                               SmeBSB  reverse
                       Viewport.Core  menuBox.clip
                               Box  menuBox
                                       MenuButton  folderButton
                                       MenuButton  tocButton
                                       MenuButton  messageButton
                                       MenuButton  sequenceButton
                                       MenuButton  viewButton
                                       MenuButton  optionButton
                       Grip  grip
                       Label folderTitlebar
                       Grip  grip
                       Viewport.Core  folders.clip
                               Box  folders
                                       MenuButton  inbox
                                       MenuButton  drafts
                                               SimpleMenu  menu
                                                       SmeBSB <folder_name>

                       Grip  grip
                       Label  tocTitlebar
                       Grip  grip
                       Text toc
                               Scrollbar  vScrollbar
                       Grip  grip
                       Label  viewTitlebar
                       Grip  grip
                       Text  view
                               Scrollbar  vScrollbar
                               Scrollbar  hScrollbar

       The hierarchy of the Create Folder popup dialog box:

               TransientShell  prompt
                       Dialog  dialog
                               Label  label
                               Text  value
                               Command  okay
                               Command  cancel

       The hierarchy of the Notice dialog box, which reports messages from MH:

               TransientShell  notice
                       Dialog  dialog
                               Label  label
                               Text  value
                               Command  confirm

       The hierarchy of the Confirmation dialog box:

               TransientShell  confirm
                       Dialog  dialog
                               Label  label
                               Command  yes
                               Command  no

       The hierarchy of the dialog box which reports errors:

               TransientShell  error
                       Dialog  dialog
                               Label  label
                               Command  OK

       The hierarchy of the composition window:

               TopLevelShell  xmh
                       Paned  xmh
                               Label  composeTitlebar
                               Text  comp
                               Viewport.Core  compButtons.clip
                                       Box  compButtons
                                               Command  close
                                               Command  send
                                               Command  reset
                                               Command  compose
                                               Command  save
                                               Command  insert

       The hierarchy of the view window:

               TopLevelShell  xmh
                       Paned  xmh
                               Label  viewTitlebar
                               Text  view
                               Viewport.Core  viewButtons.clip
                                       Box  viewButtons
                                               Command  close
                                               Command  reply
                                               Command  forward
                                               Command  useAsComp
                                               Command  edit
                                               Command  save
                                               Command  print
                                               Command  delete

       The hierarchy of the pick window: (Unnamed widgets have no name.)

               TopLevelShell  xmh
                       Paned  xmh
                               Label  pickTitlebar
                               Viewport.Core  pick.clip
                                       Form  form
                                               Form  groupform
       The first 6 rows of the pick window have identical structure:
                                                       Form  rowform

                                                       Form  rowform
                                                       Form  rowform
                               Viewport.core  pick.clip
                                       Form  form
                                               From  groupform
                                                       Form  rowform
                                                       Form  rowform
                                                       Form  rowform
                                                       Form  rowform


       The  application class name is Xmh.  Application-specific resources are
       listed below by name.  Application-specific resource class names always
       begin  with  an  upper  case character, but unless noted, are otherwise
       identical to the instance names given below.

       Any of these options may also be specified on the command line by using
       the  X  Toolkit  Intrinsics resource specification mechanism.  Thus, to
       run xmh showing all message headers,
       % xmh -xrm '*HideBoringHeaders:off'

       If TocGeometry, ViewGeometry, CompGeometry,  or  PickGeometry  are  not
       specified,  then the value of Geometry is used instead.  If the result-
       ing height is not  specified  (e.g.,  "",  "=500",  "+0-0"),  then  the
       default  height of windows is calculated from fonts and line counts. If
       the width is not specified (e.g., "", "=x300", "-0+0"),  then  half  of
       the display width is used.  If unspecified, the height of a pick window
       defaults to half the height of the display.

       The following resources are defined:

       banner  A short string that is the default label of the  folder,  Table
               of  Contents,  and  view.   The default shows the program name,
               vendor, and release.

               Whether to disallow user input and show a busy cursor while xmh
               is  busy  processing  a command.  If false, the user can `mouse
               ahead' and type ahead; if true, user input  is  discarded  when
               processing lengthy mh commands.  The default is true.

               The  name  of  the symbol used to represent the position of the
               pointer, displayed if blockEventsOnBusy is true,  when  xmh  is
               processing a time-consuming command.  The default is "watch".

               The foreground color of the busy cursor.  Default is XtDefault-

               How often to check for new mail, make checkpoints,  and  rescan
               the  Table  of  Contents, in minutes.  If checkNewMail is true,
               xmh checks to see if you  have  new  mail  each  interval.   If
               makeCheckpoints  is  true,  checkpoints  are  made  every fifth
               interval.  Also every fifth interval, the Table of Contents  is
               checked for inconsistencies with the file system, and rescanned
               if out of date.  To prevent all of these checks from occurring,
               set  CheckFrequency  to 0.  The default is 1.  This resource is
               retained for backward compatibility with user  resource  files;
               see  also checkpointInterval, mailInterval, and rescanInterval.

               If true, xmh will check at regular intervals to see if new mail
               has  arrived  for  any  of the top level folders and any opened
               subfolders.  A visual indication will be given if new  mail  is
               waiting to be incorporated into a top level folder.  Default is
               true.  The interval can be adjusted with mailInterval.

       checkpointInterval (class Interval)
               Specifies in minutes how often to make checkpoints of  volatile
               state,  if makeCheckpoints is true.  The default is 5 times the
               value of checkFrequency.

               Specifies how checkpointed files are to be named.  The value of
               this  resource will be used to compose a file name by inserting
               the message number as a string in place of the required  single
               occurrence  of `%d'.  If the value of the resource is the empty
               string, or if no `%d' occurs in the string, or if "%d"  is  the
               value  of  the resource, the default will be used instead.  The
               default is "%d.CKP".  Checkpointing is done in  the  folder  of
               origin  unless  an  absolute  pathname  is given.  xmh does not
               assist the user in recovering checkpoints, nor does it  provide
               for removal of the checkpoint files.

               The  number  of  command  buttons  to create in a button box in
               between the toc and the view areas of  the  main  window.   xmh
               will  create  these buttons with the names button1, button2 and
               so on, in a box with the name commandBox.   The default  is  0.
               xmh  users  can specify labels and actions for the buttons in a
               private resource file; see the section  ACTIONS  AND  INTERFACE

               Initial geometry for windows containing compositions.

       cursor  The  name of the symbol used to represent the pointer.  Default
               is ``left_ptr''.

       debug   Whether or not to print information  to  stderr  as  xmh  runs.
               Default is false.

               The folder used for message drafts.  Default is ``drafts''.

               Default geometry to use.  Default is none.

               If  ``on'',  then xmh will attempt to skip uninteresting header
               lines within messages by scrolling them  off  the  top  of  the
               view.  Default is ``on''.

               Which  folder  to display on startup.  May also be set with the
               command-line option -initial.  Default is ``inbox''.

               The absolute path name of your incoming  mail  drop  file.   In
               some  installations,  for  example  those using the Post Office
               Protocol, no file is appropriate.  In this case, initialIncFile
               should  not  be  specified,  or  may  be specified as the empty
               string, and inc will be invoked without a -file  argument.   By
               default,  this resource has no value.  This resource is ignored
               if xmh finds an .xmhcheck file; see  the  section  on  multiple
               mail drops.

       mailInterval (class Interval)
               Specifies  the  interval in minutes at which the mail should be
               checked, if  mailWaitingFlag  or  checkNewMail  is  true.   The
               default is the value of checkFrequency.

               The  full path prefix for locating your mail folders.  May also
               be set with the command line option, -path.  The default is the
               Path component in the MH profile, or ``$HOME/Mail'' if none.

               If true, xmh will attempt to set an indication in its icon when
               new mail is waiting to be  retrieved.   If  mailWaitingFlag  is
               true,  then  checkNewMail  is  assumed to be true as well.  The
               -flag command line option is  a  quick  way  to  turn  on  this

               If  true,  xmh  will  attempt  to  save checkpoints of volatile
               edits.  The default is false.  The frequency  of  checkpointing
               is  controlled  by  the  resource  checkpointInterval.  For the
               location of checkpointing, see checkpointNameFormat.

       mhPath  What directory in which to find the MH commands.  If a  command
               isn't found in the user's path, then the path specified here is
               used.  Default is ``/usr/local/mh6''.

       newMailBitmap (class NewMailBitmap)
               The bitmap to show in the folder button when a folder  has  new
               mail.  The default is ``black6''.

       newMailIconBitmap (class NewMailBitmap)
               The  bitmap  suggested  to the window manager for the icon when
               any folder has new mail.  The default is ``flagup''.

       noMailBitmap (class NoMailBitmap)
               The bitmap to show in the folder button when a  folder  has  no
               new mail.  The default is ``box6''.

       noMailIconBitmap (class NoMailBitmap)
               The bitmap suggested to the window manager for the icon when no
               folders have new mail.  The default is ``flagdown''.

               Initial geometry for pick windows.

               The foreground color of the pointer.  Default is XtDefaultFore-

               Whether  to  prefix  the  window  and  icon  name with "xmh: ".
               Default is true.

               An sh command to execute to print a message.  Note that  stdout
               and  stderr  must  be specifically redirected.  If a message or
               range of messages is selected for printing, the full file paths
               of  each  message file are appended to the specified print com-
               mand.  The default is ``enscript >/dev/null 2>/dev/null''.

               An sh command to be executed when the Insert  button  is  acti-
               vated  in  a composition window.  The full path and filename of
               the source message is appended  to  the  command  before  being
               passed  to  sh(1).   The default filter is cat; i.e. it inserts
               the entire message into the composition.   Interesting  filters
               are:  sed 's/^/> /' or awk -e '{print "    " $0}' or <mh direc-
               tory>/lib/mhl -form mhl.body.

       rescanInterval (class Interval)
               How often to check the Table of Contents  of  currently  viewed
               folders  and  of  folders with messages currently being viewed,
               and to update the Table of Contents if xmh sees inconsistencies
               with  the file system in these folders.  The default is 5 times
               the value of checkFrequency.

               When true, the next message will be the message  prior  to  the
               current message in the table of contents, and the previous mes-
               sage will be the message after the current message in the table
               of contents.  The default is false.

               When  a  message is sent from xmh, lines longer than this value
               will be split into multiple lines, each of which is  no  longer
               than SendWidth.  This value may be overridden for a single mes-
               sage by inserting an additional line in the message  header  of
               the form SendBreakWidth: value.  This line will be removed from
               the header before the message is sent.  The default is 2000 (to
               allow for sending mail containing source patches).

               When  a  message is sent from xmh, lines longer than SendBreak-
               Width characters will be split into  multiple  lines,  each  of
               which is no longer than this value.  This value may be overrid-
               den for a single message by inserting an additional line in the
               message header of the form SendWidth: value.  This line will be
               removed from the  header  before  the  message  is  sent.   The
               default is 72.

               Whether  to automatically show the current message after incor-
               porating new mail.  Default is true.

               Whether to skip over messages marked  for  copying  when  using
               ``View  Next  Message'' and ``View Previous Message''.  Default
               is true.

               Whether to skip over messages marked for  deletion  when  using
               ``View  Next  Message'' and ``View Previous Message''.  Default
               is true.

               Whether to skip over messages marked for moving to other  fold-
               ers  when  using ``View Next Message'' and ``View Previous Mes-
               sage''.  Default is true.

               If true, when popup command menus are used, the  most  recently
               selected  entry will be under the cursor when the menu pops up.
               Default is false.  See the file clients/xmh/Xmh.sample  for  an
               example of how to specify resources for popup command menus.

       tempDir Directory  for  xmh  to  store temporary files.  For privacy, a
               user might want to change this to a private directory.  Default
               is ``/tmp''.

               Initial geometry for main xmh toc and view windows.

               The  percentage  of the main window that is used to display the
               Table of Contents.  Default is 33.

               How many characters to generate for each message in a  folder's
               table  of  contents.  Default is 100.  Use less if the geometry
               of the main xmh window results in the listing being clipped  at
               the  right  hand  boundary,  or  if  you plan to use mhl a lot,
               because it will be faster, and the extra characters may not  be

               Initial geometry for windows showing a view of a message.


       Users  may  need  to incorporate mail from multiple spool files or mail
       drops.  If incoming mail is forwarded to the MH slocal program, it  can
       be  sorted  as specified by the user into multiple incoming mail drops.
       Refer to the MH man page for slocal to learn how to specify  forwarding
       and the automatic sorting of incoming mail in a .maildelivery file.

       To  inform xmh about the various mail drops, create a file in your home
       directory called .xmhcheck.  In this file, a mapping  between  existing
       folder names and mail drops is created by giving a folder name followed
       by the absolute pathname of the mail drop site, with some  white  space
       separating them, one mapping per line.  xmh will read this file whether
       or not resources are set for notification of new mail arrival, and will
       allow  incorporation of new mail into any folder with a mail drop.  xmh
       will invoke inc with the -file argument, and if xmh has been  requested
       to check for new mail, it will check directly, instead of using msgchk.

       An example of .xmhcheck file format,  for  the  folders  ``inbox''  and
       inbox          /usr/spool/mail/converse
       xpert          /users/converse/maildrops/xpert


       Because  xmh  provides  action  procedures  which correspond to command
       functionality and installs accelerators, users can customize  accelera-
       tors  and  new  button  functionality  in a private resource file.  For
       examples   of   specifying   customized   resources,   see   the   file
       mit/clients/xmh/Xmh.sample.  To understand the syntax, see the Appendix
       of the X Toolkit Intrinsics specification on Translation Table  Syntax,
       and  any  general  explanation  of  using  and  specifying X resources.
       Unpredictable results can occur if actions are bound to events or  wid-
       gets for which they were not designed.

       Here's  an  example of how to bind actions to your own xmh buttons, and
       how to redefine the default accelerators so that the Meta  key  is  not
       required,  in  case  you don't have access to the sample file mentioned

       ! To create buttons in the middle of the main window and give them semantics:

       Xmh*CommandButtonCount:         5

       Xmh*commandBox.button1.label:   Inc
       Xmh*commandBox.button1.translations: #override\
               <Btn1Down>,<Btn1Up>: XmhIncorporateNewMail() unset()

       Xmh*commandBox.button2.label:   Compose
       Xmh*commandBox.button2.translations: #override\
               <Btn1Down>,<Btn1Up>: XmhComposeMessage() unset()

       Xmh*commandBox.button3.label:   Next
       Xmh*commandBox.button3.translations: #override\
               <Btn1Down>,<Btn1Up>: XmhViewNextMessage() unset()

       Xmh*commandBox.button4.label:   Delete
       Xmh*commandBox.button4.translations: #override\
               <Btn1Down>,<Btn1Up>: XmhMarkDelete() unset()

       Xmh*commandBox.button5.label:   Commit
       Xmh*commandBox.button5.translations: #override\
               <Btn1Down>,<Btn1Up>: XmhCommitChanges() unset()

       ! To redefine the accelerator bindings to exclude modifier keys,
       ! and add your own keyboard accelerator for Compose Message:

       Xmh*tocMenu.accelerators: #override\n\
               !:<Key>I:       XmhIncorporateNewMail()\n\
               !:<Key>C:       XmhCommitChanges()\n\
               !:<Key>R:       XmhForceRescan()\n\
               !:<Key>P:       XmhPackFolder()\n\
               !:<Key>S:       XmhSortFolder()\n
       Xmh*messageMenu.accelerators: #override\n\
               !:<Key>E:       XmhComposeMessage()\n\
               !<Key>space:    XmhViewNextMessage()\n\
               !:<Key>c:       XmhMarkCopy()\n\
               !:<Key>d:       XmhMarkDelete()\n\
               !:<Key>f:       XmhForward()\n\
               !:<Key>m:       XmhMarkMove()\n\
               !:<Key>n:       XmhViewNextMessage()\n\
               !:<Key>p:       XmhViewPreviousMessage()\n\
               !:<Key>r:       XmhReply()\n\
               !:<Key>u:       XmhUnmark()\n

       xmh provides action procedures which correspond to entries in the  com-
       mand  menus;  these are given in the sections describing menu commands,
       not here.  In addition to the actions corresponding to commands in  the
       menus, these action routines are defined:

       XmhPushFolder([foldername, ...])
                 This  action  pushes  each of its argument(s) onto a stack of
                 foldernames.  If no arguments are given, the selected  folder
                 is pushed onto the stack.

                 This  action  pops one foldername from the stack and sets the
                 selected folder.

                 This action should always be taken when the  user  selects  a
                 folder  button.  A folder button represents a folder and zero
                 or more subfolders.  The menu of subfolders is built upon the
                 first  reference,  by this routine.  If there are no subfold-
                 ers, this routine will mark the folder as having no  subfold-
                 ers, and no menu will be built.  In that case the menu button
                 emulates a toggle button.  When subfolders  exist,  the  menu
                 will popup, using the menu button action PopupMenu().

                 This  action allows menu buttons to emulate toggle buttons in
                 the function of selecting a folder.  This action is for  menu
                 button widgets only, and sets the selected folder.

                 This  action  ensures  that  the menu button behaves properly
                 when the user moves the pointer out of the menu  button  win-

       XmhPushSequence([sequencename, ...])
                 This  action  pushes  each of its arguments onto the stack of
                 sequence names.  If no  arguments  are  given,  the  selected
                 sequence is pushed onto the stack.

                 This action pops one sequence name from the stack of sequence
                 names, which then becomes the selected sequence.

                 This action is equivalent to pressing the okay button in  the
                 Create Folder popup.

                 This  action  rescans the contents of the public MH sequences
                 for the currently opened folder and updates the sequence menu
                 if necessary.

       XmhShellCommand( parameter [, parameter])
                 At  least  one  parameter  must be specified.  The parameters
                 will be concatenated with a space character separator, into a
                 single  string,  and  the list of selected messages, or if no
                 messages are selected, the current message, will be  appended
                 to  the string of parameters.  The string will be executed as
                 a shell command.  The messages are always given  as  absolute
                 pathnames.   It  is  an error to cause this action to execute
                 when there are no selected messages and no current message.

                 This action will check all mail drops known to  xmh.   If  no
                 mail drops have been specified by the user either through the
                 .xmhcheck file or by the initialIncFile resource, the MH com-
                 mand  msgchk  is  used  to check for new mail, otherwise, xmh
                 checks directly.

       XmhWMProtocols([wm_delete_window] [wm_save_yourself])
                 This action is responsible for participation in  window  man-
                 ager  communication  protocols.  It responds to delete window
                 and save yourself  messages.   The  user  can  cause  xmh  to
                 respond  to one or both of these protocols, exactly as if the
                 window manager had made the request, by invoking  the  action
                 with  the  appropriate parameters.  The action is insensitive
                 to the case of the string parameters.  If the event  received
                 is a ClientMessage event and parameters are present, at least
                 one  of  the  parameters  must  correspond  to  the  protocol
                 requested  by the event for the request to be honored by xmh.


       The initial text displayed in a composition window is generated by exe-
       cuting  the  corresponding  MH  command;  i.e. comp, repl, or forw, and
       therefore message components may be customized as specified  for  those
       commands.   comp  is  executed  only once per invocation of xmh and the
       message template is re-used for every successive new composition.

       xmh uses MH commands, including inc, msgchk, comp,  send,  repl,  forw,
       refile, rmm, pick, pack, sort, and scan.  Some flags for these commands
       can be specified in the MH profile; xmh may override them.  The  appli-
       cation  resource  debug  can be set to true to see how xmh uses MH com-


       HOME - users's home directory
       MH - to get the location of the MH profile file


       ~/.mh_profile - MH profile, used if the MH environment variable is  not
       ~/Mail - directory of folders, used if the MH profile cannot be found
       ~/.xmhcheck  -  optional,  for  multiple mail drops in cooperation with
       /usr/local/mh6 - MH commands, as a last resort, see mhPath.
       ~/Mail/<folder>/.xmhcache - scan output in each folder
       ~/Mail/<folder>/.mh_sequences - sequence definitions, in each folder
       /tmp - temporary files, see tempDir.


       X(7),  xrdb(1),  X  Toolkit  Intrinsics,  Athena  Widget  Set,   mh(1),
       At least one book has been published about MH and xmh.


       -  When  the  user closes a window, all windows which are transient for
       that window should also be closed by xmh.
       - When XmhUseAsComposition and XmhViewUseAsComposition operate on  mes-
       sages  in the DraftsFolder, xmh disallows editing of the composition if
       the same message is also being viewed in another window.
       - Occasionally after committing changes, the  table  of  contents  will
       appear to be completely blank when there are actually messages present.
       When this happens, refreshing the display, or typing Control-L  in  the
       table  of contents, will often cause the correct listing to appear.  If
       this doesn't work, force a rescan of the folder.
       - Should recognize and use the ``unseen'' message-sequence.
       - Should determine by itself if the user hasn't  used  MH  before,  and
       offer to create the .mh_profile, instead of hanging on inc.
       - A few commands are missing (rename folder, resend message).
       - WM_DELETE_WINDOW protocol doesn't work right when requesting deletion
       of the first toc and view, while  trying  to  keep  other  xmh  windows
       - Doesn't support annotations when replying to messages.
       - Doesn't allow folders to be shared without write permission.
       - Doesn't recognize private sequences.
       - MH will report that the .mh_sequences file is poorly formatted if any
       sequence definition in a particular folder contains  more  than  BUFSIZ
       characters.   xmh tries to capture these messages and display them when
       they occur, but it cannot correct the problem.
       - Should save a temporary checkpoint file rather than requiring changes
       to be committed in the non-shutdown case.


       Terry Weissman, formerly of Digital Western Research Laboratory
       Donna Converse, MIT X Consortium

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