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REPLYING TO MESSAGES WITH MM

The reply command provides a quick way to send a reply to a message. You can just type the reply message and the header fields are created for you.


THE REPLY PROCEDURE IN MM

To send a reply at the R> prompt, type reply or just r.

The header fields are created as follows. The To field is taken from the From or Reply-To field of the original message (the Reply-To field, if present, overrides the From field). The Subject field is that of the original message, preceded by Re:. A field called In-Reply-To is generated, containing the date and time of the original message.

In the example, a display command is used to show how the reply message looks.



MM>r
 Message 73 (378 chars)
Return-Path: <jb51>
Received: by cunixf.cc.columbia.edu (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 <jb51@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>
To: fb2
Cc: mm33, hk12
Subject: Meeting on Sept 21
Message-Id: <CMM.0.90.2.673023028.jb51@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>


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

Joe

R>reply
 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
  redisplay, CTRL/N to abort, CTRL/P to run a program and insert output.):

OK, I can meet then.  --Fuat
[escape]

S>d
From: Fuat Baran <fb2@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>
To: Joseph Brennan <jb51@cunixf.cc.columbia.edu>
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

S>


The reply message can be modified just as any other message by commands at the S> prompt. You can go back and work on the message text, and you can change the header fields. The command in-reply-to changes the In-reply-to header field.


REVIEWING THE MESSAGE YOU RECEIVED AND THE MESSAGE YOU WROTE

At the S> prompt, the display command shows as usual the outgoing message you wrote. The type command shows the current message, which is the message you received.


OPTIONS WITH THE REPLY COMMAND

The reply command takes the option all to send the reply to everyone who got the original message, and the option including to insert the text of the message you received into your reply. At the R> prompt, specify options by typing reply all, reply including, or reply all including. More information is in other sections.


HOW TO SEE THE HEADER FIELDS AUTOMATICALLY WHEN REPLYING

Aside from using display at the S> prompt, you can have the header fields appear when you reply to messages by changing the variable reply-initial-display, normally set to no. Change it by typing set reply-initial-display yes and save the change with the save-init command. When you give a reply command, you will see the header fields of the reply above the prompt for the message text.


REPLYING AT THE MM> PROMPT

You can write a reply at the MM><