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USING THE CARBON COPY (CC AND BCC)

MM normally prompts you for an optional cc field for addresses of people who should get "carbon copies" of your message. There is another variant of it called a "blind carbon copy". You can include either or both in any message, and you can modify the prompts to match the way you usually address mail. You can also have a certain address included in all messages you send.


THE BLIND CARBON COPY

The bcc field of a message is a "blind carbon copy". Unlike the cc field, the bcc field is removed from the message during mailing, so the people who receive the message do not see it. No one else knows who was in the bcc field, thus the term "blind".

Use the bcc command to add a bcc address. You can eliminate the bcc field with the command erase bcc, and the command remove with an address removes it from any address field (To, cc, or bcc).



S>d h
From: Joseph Brennan <jb51@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>
To: fb2
cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
S>bcc fisc
S>d h
From: Joseph Brennan <jb51@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>
To: fb2
cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
Bcc: fisc
S>bcc jb51
S>d h
From: Joseph Brennan <jb51@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>
To: fb2
cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
Bcc: fisc, jb51
S>



CHANGING THE PROMPTS FOR CC AND BCC

The prompts you normally see in the send procedure are controlled by two variables, prompt-for-cc and prompt-for-bcc. Normally, prompt-for-cc is set to yes and prompt-for-bcc to no, producing the familiar result of a prompt for cc and none for bcc. The normal settings correspond to what most people do.

You can change either variable. For example, if you intend using a bcc field frequently, have a prompt appear for it, so you can avoid using a bcc command. Type set prompt-for-bcc yes and then use the save-init command to save the new setting. After that, whenever you send mail, you will be prompted for a bcc field (which, like the cc field, is optional).



MM>set prompt-for-bcc yes
MM>save-init
MM>send
 To: fb2
 cc: mm33, hk12
 Bcc: fisc
 Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
 Message (End with CTRL/D or ESC
...


If, at the MM> prompt, you type send and an address on the same line, MM normally skips the prompts for cc and bcc even if you have prompt-for-cc and prompt-for-bcc set to yes. This behavior is controlled by another variable, prompt-rcpt-always, normally set to no. To change it, type set prompt-rcpt-always yes and then use the save-init command to save the setting.


DEFAULT CC OR BCC ADDRESSES

Another pair of variables allow you to include one or more addresses in the cc or bcc fields of every message you send, default-cc-list and default-bcc-list. Set them to whatever address(es) you like; use commas to separate multiple addresses. They are normally set to not