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SENDING THE MESSAGE

When you have finished preparing a message, send it. Normally, just type send at the S> prompt. You can vary that procedure in some ways.


SENDING A MESSAGE

Normally, to send the message, type send or just s at the S> prompt. In response you see a list of addresses with the message Queued, meaning they went out to the sendmail program to be mailed. The send command also ends the send procedure, and you are returned to the MM> prompt (or R> if that's where you started).



S>s
fb2... Queued.
mm33... Queued.
hk12... Queued.
MM>



MESSAGES ABOUT SENDING

The normal output, the line address... Queued repeated for each address, is controlled by the variable send-verbose, normally set to yes. If you change it to no, you get a shorter message, just Sending... Done. To change, type set send-verbose no. If you are sending to a large mailing list, you might want to change the variable just for the one mailing, to reduce the display. If you want to change the variable indefinitely, save the change with the save-init command. Here the variable is changed but not saved:



S>set send-verbose no
S>s
Sending... Done
MM>


After you give the Send Mode send command, MM passes the outgoing message to another program called sendmail. Normally, you are not aware of sendmail, because of the setting of two variables. The first, sendmail-background is normally set to yes, and makes sendmail run in the background, so you don't have to wait for it to finish, but can go on to something else. The second variable, sendmail-verbose, is normally set to no and suppresses messages from sendmail. There is not much reason to change either of these variables, unless you want to track sendmail's operation for some reason.


A DEFAULT COMMAND FOR SEND MODE

You can set a variable called default-send-command to define a command to be done if you only press the return key at the S> prompt. Normally the variable is set to nothing, so just pressing the return key with no command does nothing, and you get another S> prompt:



S>[return]
S>


You can define default-send-command to any valid command, so that command will be done. For example, you could type define default-send-command send, and then just pressing the return key would send your mail.



MM>set default-send-command send
MM>save-init




S>[return]
fb2... Queued.
mm33... Queued.
hk12... Queued.
MM>


The problem is that now you could press return by mistake, and in doing so send mail that is not ready yet. A command like display would be safer since no harm would be done by accidental use. To set the variable back to nothing, just type set default-send-command with nothing else. If you make any change, type save-init to save it.


UNDELIVERABLE MAIL

If your mail cannot be delivered, it will generally be returned to y