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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       dist  -  redistribute  a  message  to additional addresses
       (only available within the message handling system, mh)

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       dist [msg] [+folder] [options]

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Annotates the message that  you  are  redistributing.  The
       following  lines  are  added  to  the message that you are

              Resent: date Resent: addrs

              The first line records the time at which  the  message
  was  redistributed;  the  second  records the
              addresses of the recipients  of  the  redistributed

              The  dist command only annotates messages when they
              are successfully sent. If you do not send the  message
 immediately and file the unsent draft, it will
              not be annotated.  Specifies the  folder  in  which
              the  draft  message is created.  If you do not send
              the draft, the mail system will store  it  in  this

              This  option  is usually set up in your See mh_profile(4) for more  information.  If  you  have  this
              option  set  up,  you  can override it by using the
              -nodraftfolder option.  Specifies the file in which
              the draft message is created.  If no absolute pathname
 is given, the file is assumed to  be  in  your
              Mail  directory,  standardly $HOME/Mail.  If you do
              not send the message, it is  stored  in  the  named
              file  until  you  delete  it, or send it at a later
              date.  Specifies the editor that you want to use to
              edit your forwarded message.

              You  can  also  set  up an editor in your file; see
              mh_profile(4) for more information.  Specifies  the
              message header to be used in the draft message.  If
              this option is present, dist takes  the  header  of
              the  draft  message  from  the  named file. If this
              option is not present, the header is taken from the
              distcomps  file  in your Mail directory, or failing
              that, from the mail system default header.   Causes
              annotation  to  be done in place, to preserve links
              to the annotated message. This  option  only  works
              with  the  -annotate  option.  Prints a list of the
              valid options for this command.  Suppresses editing
              of  the  draft  message  altogether.   Specifies an
              alternative  whatnow   program.    Normally,   dist
              invokes the default whatnow program. See whatnow(1)
              for a discussion  of  available  options.  You  can
              specify your own alternative to the default program
              using the -whatnowproc program option.  If  you  do
              specify  your  own  program, you should not call it

              You can suppress the whatnow  program  entirely  by
              using  the  -nowhatnowproc  option. However, as the
              program  normally  starts  the  initial  edit,  the
              -nowhatnowproc option will prevent you from editing
              the message.

       The defaults for dist are:

       +folder defaults to the current folder
       msg defaults to cur

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       Use dist to redistribute a message to addresses  that  are
       not on the original address list.

       You can specify the message which you want to redistribute
       by giving a message number as the msg argument. If you  do
       not  supply  a message number, dist takes the current message.
  You can only redistribute one message  at  a  time.
       You can also specify a message in another folder by giving
       the +folder argument.  This argument can be used  in  conjunction
 with the msg argument.

       The  program dist is similar to forw.  The main difference
       between the two commands is  that  forw  encapsulates  the
       message,  whereas  dist merely resends it.  You cannot add
       any new text of your own to a  message  that  you  re-distribute
 using dist. A message that has been forwarded will
       appear to have been sent by the person who  forwarded  the
       message.  A message that has been redistributed using dist
       will appear to have come from the sender of  the  original
       message.  This  is  shown  in the scan listing of the messages.
 In the following example,  messages  1  and  2  are
       identical  apart  from the method used to send the message
       on to additional recipients:

          1  20/06 goodman            Hello  <<As  you  will  see
       from th
          2+  21/06 John               As previous, but forwarded

       When you use dist, you will get a message form to fill  in
       with  the  details  of  the  additional  recipients.   The
       default message form contains the following elements:

       Resent-To: Resent-cc:

       If the file named dist comps exists in  your  Mail  directory,
  standardly  $HOME/Mail,  it  is used instead of the
       standard mail header. If  the  option  -form  formfile  is
       given, it overrides both of these.

       You  can  only put recognized header lines in your message
       form. The dist program recognizes values in the  following

       Resent-To: Resent-cc: Resent-Bcc: Resent-Fcc: Resent-Xmts:

       The headers and the  body  of  the  original  message  are
       copied  to  the draft when the message is sent. You cannot
       add any new body text of your own  when  redistributing  a
       message with dist.

       If you do not have a draft folder set up, dist creates the
       message form in a file called draft in  your  Mail  directory.
  This file must be empty before you can create a new
       draft, which means that you can only store one draft at  a
       time.  If  it  is not empty, the mail system asks you what
       you want to do with the  existing  contents.  The  options
       are:  Aborts dist, leaving the draft intact.  Replaces the
       existing draft with the appropriate  message  form.   Displays
  the draft message.  Refiles the existing draft message
 in the specified folder, and provides a  new  message
       form for you to complete.

       If  you  want  to be able to have more than one draft at a
       time, you can set up a draft folder in your you to keep as
       many  unsent  drafts as space allows, and still create new
       messages as you wish. To do this, make sure that the  following
 line is in your

       Draft-folder: +drafts

       For more information on how to do this, see mh_profile(4).

       You cannot store unsent messages  created  using  dist  in
       your  draft folder. If you attempt to do so, only the message
 form is stored.  This does not contain  the  original
       message  that  you  are redistributing, so you will not be
       able to send it later.

       If you use repl to reply to a message  resent  to  you  by
       dist, the reply will go to the sender of the original message,
 rather than the person who forwarded it to you.  The
       repl  command ignores the Resent-xxx: fields when creating
       the header for your draft reply.


       Path: To determine your Mail directory (<mh-dir>)

       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

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

       The default system template for  re-distributed  messages.
       The  user-supplied  alternative to the default system template.
  The user profile.  The draft file.

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

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

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