When reading mail messages in the normal fashion,
it is only possible to move through a page at a time, which is not always
convenient. To gain more exact control of your location in a message, you can
/EDIT qualifier. For example, the command
will bring up an editor with the
contents of message 12. You can then browse
through this message with the editor. When you are done reading it, exit the
editor in the usual fashion. The
EMAIL> read 12 /edit
/EDIT qualifier can also be
used with the
To list the last messages in a folder, use the
qualifier on the
This is useful when looking for messages at the end of a long folder.
It is possible to modify the format of the lines displayed in a
directory listing. Information is available by typing "
DIR". For example, the command
generates a listing which looks like
EMAIL> set dir /marked=(skip=0)/id=(skip=0,heading=" #",width=3)
See the on-line help for an explanation of how this command produces this
particular directory output.
# From Date Subject
1 irilyth@FENRIS.CLARE 25-NOV-1992 Trouble with Kermit 32
2 CHRIS@HMCVAX.CLAREMO 4-FEB-1993 RE: problems sending mail on th 42
3 jeff@FENRIS.CLAREMON 25-APR-1993 RE: Mailer problems 40
4 R Patience_Brooks@HMC. 5-JAN-1994 mail accounts for Engineering s 35
5 CMCCARTHY@HMCVAX.Ac. 5-JAN-1994 RE: Mosaic 2.0 for VMS 37
6 R josh@HMC.EDU 5-JAN-1994 Mathlib manuals 25
You can have PMDF mail keep new mail messages in your NEWMAIL folder,
rather than automatically moving them into the MAIL folder. To turn on this
behaviour, give the command
Messages will then
stay in the NEWMAIL folder until you explicitly move them
elsewhere. Note that though the messages stay in the folder, after you read a
message, it is no longer marked as new. This means that some messages will not
appear unless you give the command "
EMAIL> set noauto_newmail
DIR NEWMAIL". This command
lists all the messages in the NEWMAIL folder, rather than just the
ones marked as new. If you use the NOAUTO_NEWMAIL option, it is a good idea to
give the '
DIR NEWMAIL" command on a regular basis, so that
messages do not wind up forgotten in your NEWMAIL folder. Also, you can
restore a message's "new" status with the "
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