WHATNOW(1)                                             WHATNOW(1)

       whatnow - prompting front-end for sending messages

       whatnow [-draftfolder +folder] [-draftmessage msg]
            [-nodraftfolder] [-editor editor] [-noedit]
            [-prompt string] [file] [-version] [-help]

       Whatnow is the default program that queries the user about
       the disposition of a composed draft.  It is normally auto-
       matically  invoked  by one of the nmh commands comp, dist,
       forw, or repl after the initial edit.

       When started, the editor is started on the  draft  (unless
       `-noedit' is given, in which case the initial edit is sup-
       pressed).  Then, whatnow  repetitively  prompts  the  user
       with  "What  now?"   and  awaits  a  response.   The valid
       responses are:

     ^edit~^re-edit using the same editor that was used on the
     ^~^preceding round unless a profile entry
     ^~^"<lasteditor>-next: <editor>" names an alternate editor
     ^edit <editor>~^invoke <editor> for further editing
     ^refile +folder~^refile the draft into the given folder
     ^mime~^process the draft as MIME composition file using
     ^~^the "buildmimeproc" command (mhbuild by default)
     ^display~^list the message being distributed/replied-to
     ^~^on the terminal
     ^list~^list the draft on the terminal
     ^send~^send the message
     ^send -watch~^send the message and monitor the delivery process
     ^push~^send the message in the background
     ^whom~^list the addresses that the message will go to
     ^whom -check~^list the addresses and verify that they are
     ^~^acceptable to the transport service
     ^quit~^preserve the draft and exit
     ^quit -delete~^delete the draft and exit
     ^delete~^delete the draft and exit

     When entering your response, you need only type enough char-
     acters to uniquely identify the response.

     For  the  edit  response,  any valid switch to the editor is

     For the  send  and  push  responses,  any  valid  switch  to
     send (1)  are  valid  (as  push merely invokes send with the
     `-push' option).

     For the whom response,  any  valid  switch  to  whom (1)  is

     For the refile response, any valid switch to the fileproc is

     For the display and list responses, any  valid  argument  to
     the  lproc  is  valid.  If any non-switch arguments are pre-
     sent, then the pathname of the draft will be  excluded  from
     the  argument  list  given  to the lproc (this is useful for
     listing another nmh message).

     See mh-profile (5) for further information about how editors
     are  used  by  nmh.  It also discusses how environment vari-
     ables can be used to direct  whatnow's  actions  in  complex

     The  `-prompt string'  switch  sets the prompting string for

     The `-draftfolder +folder' and `-draftmessage msg'  switches
     invoke  the  nmh draft folder facility.  This is an advanced
     (and highly useful) feature.  Consult  the  mh-draft(5)  man
     page for more information.

     ^$HOME/.mh_profile~^The  user  profile  ^<mh-dir>/draft~^The
     draft file ^Path:~^To determine  the  user's  nmh  directory
     ^Draft-Folder:~^To   find  the  default  draft-folder  ^Edi-
     tor:~^To override the default editor ^<lasteditor>-next:~^To
     name  an  editor  to be used after exit ^~^from <lasteditor>
     ^automimeproc:~^If value is 1,  and  the  draft  is  a  MIME
     ^~^composition  file,  then automatically call ^~^buildmime-
     proc prior to sending.  ^buildmimeproc:~^Program  to  trans-
     late  MIME  composition  files ^fileproc:~^Program to refile
     the message ^lproc:~^Program to list the contents of a  mes-
     sage  ^sendproc:~^Program  to use to send the message ^whom-
     proc:~^Program to  determine  who  a  message  would  go  to
     send(1), whom(1) `-prompt "What Now? "' None The argument to
     the `-prompt' switch must be interpreted as a  single  token
     by the shell that invokes whatnow.  Therefore, one must usu-
     ally place the argument to this switch inside double-quotes.

     If  the  initial  edit fails, whatnow deletes your draft (by
     renaming it with a leading comma); failure of a  later  edit
     preverves the draft.

     If  whatnowproc  is whatnow, then comp, dist, forw, and repl
     use a built-in whatnow, and do not actually run the  whatnow
     program.   Hence,  if you define your own whatnowproc, don't
     call it whatnow since it won't be run.

     If sendproc is send, then whatnow uses a built-in  send,  it
     does  not  actually  run  the  send  program.  Hence, if you
     define your own sendproc, don't call it send  since  whatnow
     won't run it.

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