ELM(1L)                                                   ELM(1L)

NAME
       elm - an interactive mail system

SYNOPSIS
       elm  [  -achkKMmrtwz ] [ -f alternate-folder ] [ -d debug-
       level ]
       elm [ -s subject ] list of aliases or addresses

DESCRIPTION
       Elm is an interactive screen-oriented mailer program  that
       supersedes mail and mailx.

       There  are three main ways to use the elm mailer.  One way
       to use the mailer is to specify a list of addresses on the
       command  line when the mailer is invoked.  This will allow
       sending of a single message to  the  specified  recipients
       with  all  the options usually available in the elm system
       itself. For example, the command

            elm -s testing joe

       would initiate the sending of a message to the  alias  joe
       with  the  subject  "testing"  indicated and would put you
       into an editor for you to enter the text of  the  message.
       If  the  subject  flag  and argument were not present, you
       would be prompted for a message subject.

       The second way, used most commonly when transmitting files
       and such, is to specify the subject of the message and the
       recipients using the command line and redirect a  file  as
       standard input.  For example, the command

            elm -s testing joe < test.c

       would  mail  a  copy of the file test.c to alias joe, with
       the subject "testing" indicated.   The  subject  flag  and
       argument are optional.

       The  third  way,  elm  is invoked with neither subject nor
       addresses specified on the command line and without  stan-
       dard  input redirected.  You can then read any messages in
       your incoming mailbox (or specified folder), reply to mes-
       sages in the mailbox, mail messages, etc.

       Options are:

         -a      Arrow  -  force the arrow cursor (instead of the
                 inverse bar)

         -c      Checkalias - expand the  following  aliases  and
                 return.

         -d level
                 Debug  -  set  specified debug level - Output to
                 "$HOME/ELM:debug.info"

         -f alternative-folder
                 Folder - read folder (specified) rather than the
                 incoming mailbox.

         -h      Help - give a list of starting options.

         -i file Include  -  include prepared file in edit buffer
                 for sending.

         -?      Synonymous with the "-h" option.

         -k      Keypad - force knowledge  of  HP  terminal  key-
                 board,  to  allow  the use of the NEXT, PREV and
                 HOME/SHIFT-HOME keys.

         -K      Keypad + softkeys - enable use of softkeys on HP
                 terminals only.

         -M      Magic  mode  - treat all folders as if they were
                 the spool folder (lock, update Status:  headers,
                 etc.).

         -m      Menu  off - Use the extra lines for more message
                 headers.

         -s subj Subject - specify subject for message to mail.

         -t      tite - turn off usage  of  the  termcap/terminfo
                 ti/te sequence.

         -v      Version - print version and configuration infor-
                 mation.

         -z      Zero - don't enter Elm if no mail is pending.

AUTHOR
       Elm Development Group

SEE ALSO
       The Elm documentation package, including:  The  Elm  Users
       Guide, The Elm Reference Guide, The Elm Alias System Users
       Guide, The Elm Forms Mode Guide, The Elm Filter Guide, The
       Elm Configuration Guide

       checkalias(1L),  frm(1L), mail(1), mailx(1), newalias(1L),
       printmail(1L), readmsg(1L)

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       REPLYTO        Default replyto address.
       TERM           The user's terminal type.
       LOGNAME        User login name.
       USER           Altername user login name.
       HOME           The user's home directory.
       MAIL           Location of mail file.
       LINES               Number of row on the screen.
       COLUMNS             Number of columns on the screen.
       SHELL               The user's shell of choice.
       PAGER               Command to use for displaying multiple
                           page mails.  Defaults to "builtin+".
       TMPDIR              Directory to place temporary files.
       EDITOR              Editor to use.
       NOMETAMAIL          If set, do not use metamail.

FILES
       /usr/local/lib/elm-help.*         help files
       /usr/local/lib/aliases.text       system alias source
       /usr/local/lib/aliases.dir         system alias dbz direc-
       tory table
       /usr/local/lib/aliases.pag        system  alias  dbz  hash
       table
       /usr/local/lib/aliases            system alias data table
       /usr/local/lib/aliases.hash       system alias hash table
       /usr/local/lib/aliases.data       system alias data table
       $HOME/.elm/aliases.text           user alias source
       $HOME/.elm/aliases.dir            user alias dbz directory
       table
       $HOME/.elm/aliases.pag             user  alias  dbz   hash
       table
       $HOME/.elm/aliases                user alias data table
       $HOME/.elm/elmrc                  customized mailer param-
       eters
       $HOME/.elm/elmheaders             customized message head-
       ers
       /tmp/snd.$$                         outgoing   mail   edit
       buffer
       /tmp/mbox.logname            temporary mailbox
       $HOME/ELM:debug.info              Debug output  if  turned
       on

DIAGNOSTICS
       Should  know  about keyboards/softkey terminals other than
       HP.  (If only termcap were that powerful!)

BUG REPORTS TO
       Bill Pemberton  flash@virginia.edu

COPYRIGHTS
       Copyright 1988-1995 by The USENET Community Trust
       Derived from Elm 2.0,  Copyright 1986, 1987 by Dave Taylor

USENET Community Trust   Elm Version 2.5                        1