packf - compress a folder into a single file (only available
within the message handling system, mh)
packf [+folder] [msgs] [-file name] [-help]
Specifies the file in which you want the message(s) to be
stored. If you specify an existing file then the specified
messages will be appended to the end of that file. Otherwise,
a new file will be created and the messages placed
in it. If you do not specify a filename, packf attempts to
place the messages in a file called msgbox in the current
working directory. If this file does not exist, packf asks
whether you want to create it. Prints a list of the valid
options to this command.
The default settings for this command are:
+folder defaults to the current folder
msgs defaults to all
Each message in a folder is normally stored as a separate
file. The packf command takes all messages from the current
folder and copies them to a single specified file.
Each message in the file is separated by four <CTRL/A>s
and a newline.
You can specify a folder other than the current folder by
using the +folder argument. If you do not want all the
messages in a folder to be packed into one file, you can
specify a number of messages or a range of messages with
The first message packed will become the current message.
If you specify a +folder argument, that folder will become
the current folder.
When messages have been packed into a file using packf,
you can separate them into individual messages using the
burst command. See burst(1).
Path: To determine the user's Mail directory
Msg-Protect: To set protections when creating a new file
The first example shows all the messages in the folder
+lrp being packed into a file called planning: % packf
+lrp -file planning The next example shows how packf
prompts you if you do not specify a -file option. A file
called msgbox is created by packf in your home directory,
and messages 3 to 5 are packed into it: % packf +lrp 3-5
Create file "/machine/disk/username/msgbox"? y
The user profile.
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