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Normally, replies go to the sender of the original message. You can send your reply to the sender and to everyone who got the original message by using the option all. There are three address options:


From the R> prompt, simply type reply all rather than just reply. The cc field of the reply will contain the addresses in the To and cc fields of the original (the To field of the reply is still the sender of the original). Your own address is normally omitted from the reply.

 Message 73 (378 chars)
Return-Path: <jb51>
Received: by (5.59/FCB)
        id AA01344; Monday, 7 Sep 92 10:50:29 EDT
Date: Monday, 7 Sep 92 10:50:28 EDT
From: Joe Brennan <>
To: fb2
Cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
Message-Id: <>

Let's meet on Sept 21 at 2:00 to go over plans for this semester.


R>reply all
 Message (End with CTRL/D or ESC
  Use CTRL/B to insert a file, CTRL/E to enter editor, CTRL/F to run text
  through a filter, CTRL/K to redisplay message, CTRL/L to clear screen and
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OK, I can meet then.  --Fuat

From: Fuat Baran <>
To: Joseph Brennan <>
cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Re: Meeting on Sept 21
In-Reply-To: Your message of Mon, 7 Sep 92 10:50:28 EDT

OK, I can meet then.  --Fuat



There are a few limitations on reply all. You can of course include only addresses that appear on the incoming message. If the sender sent copies to other people on a bcc field, your copy doesn't show them and you can't send to them. You can't use the sender's aliases either, so if the sender made an alias name appear in the header instead of the real addresses, you can't send to them. Lastly, you may change your mind about sending the reply to everyone. Checking with a display headers command is strongly recommended.

At the S> prompt, you can adjust the address fields, just as you can do when sending any message. For example, you can remove an address, or insert additional addresses with the to and cc commands.


The variable reply-include-me is normally set to no, and keeps your own address out of replies you send. The assumption is that you don't keep copies of your mail, or that if you do you get them by way of some existing arrangement like a saved-messages-file. If you want to let your address be included, change the variable by typing set reply-include-me yes, and then save-init to save the change.


The normal situation is that reply means reply sender, and you specify reply all when that is desired. You can reverse this default by changing the variable reply-all, normally set to no. Type set reply-all yes and then save-init to save the change. Then reply will mean reply all, and you can specify reply sender when you want to send only to the sender.


At the MM> prompt, only the message-sequence is specified on the line with the command reply. At the prompt Send reply for message n to: , you can specify sender, all, or none. You can also just press the return key, and, as at the R> prompt, sender is normally assumed if you have not specified any of them.

The option none means not to reply at all; if you specified a message sequence of several messages, you can use none to skip one that you don't want to reply to. However, using a message sequence of several messages is not recommended, because it can cause confusion.

MM>reply 73
 Send reply for message 73 to: ? keyword, one of the following:
 all      none     sender
  or keyword, one of the following:
 including       not-including
 Send reply for message 73 to: all

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