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BURST(1)		    General Commands Manual		      BURST(1)

       burst - explode digests into nmh	messages

       burst [-help] [-version]	[+folder] [msgs] [-inplace | -noinplace]
	    [-mime | -nomime] [-automime] [-quiet | -noquiet] [-verbose	|

       burst considers the specified messages in the named folder to be	Inter-
       net digests, and	explodes them in that folder.

       If -inplace is given, each digest is replaced by	 its  "table  of  con-
       tents"  and  the	 digest	is removed.  burst then	renumbers the messages
       which follow the	digest,	in the folder, making room for each of the ex-
       ploded  messages, which are placed immediately after the	"table of con-

       If -noinplace is	given, each digest is preserved, no table of  contents
       is  produced,  and  the	exploded messages are placed at	the end	of the
       folder.	Other messages in the folder are not affected.

       If -automime is given, burst will try to	determine if  the  message  is
       formatted  with	MIME and contains MIME parts of	type "message/rfc822".
       If it does, it will burst the message using MIME	formatting rules.  The
       -mime  switch  can  be used to enforce the use of MIME formatting.  The
       -nomime switch will force burst to use RFC 934 rules.

       The -quiet switch directs burst to be silent about  reporting  messages
       that are	not in digest format.

       The  -verbose switch directs burst to tell the user the general actions
       that it is taking to explode the	digest.

       It turns	out that burst works equally well on  forwarded	 messages  and
       blind-carbon-copies  as	on  Internet digests, provided that the	former
       were generated by forw or send.

       $HOME/.mh_profile   The user's profile.

       Path:		   To determine	the user's nmh directory.
       Current-Folder:	   To find the default current folder.
       Msg-Protect:	   To set mode when creating a new message.

       inc(1), pack(1)

       Proposed	Standard for Message Encapsulation (RFC	934)

       +folder		   The current folder.
       msgs		   The current message.

       If a folder is given, it	will become the	current	folder.	  If  -inplace
       is  given,  then	 the  first message burst becomes the current message.
       This leaves the context ready for a show	of the table  of  contents  of
       the  digest,  and  a  next  to see the first message of the digest.  If
       -noinplace is given, then the first message extracted  from  the	 first
       digest burst becomes the	current	message.  This leaves the context in a
       similar,	but not	identical, state to the	context	 achieved  when	 using

       The burst program enforces a limit of approximately 1,000 on the	number
       of messages which may be	burst from a single message. There is  usually
       no limit	on the number of messages which	may reside in the folder after
       the bursting.

       Although	burst uses a sophisticated algorithm to	 determine  where  one
       encapsulated message ends and another begins, not all digestifying pro-
       grams use an encapsulation algorithm.  In degenerate cases,  this  usu-
       ally results in burst finding an	encapsulation boundary prematurely and
       splitting a single encapsulated message	into  two  or  more  messages.
       These erroneous digestifying programs should be fixed.

       Furthermore, any	text which appears after the last encapsulated message
       is not placed in	a separate message by burst.  In the case of  digesti-
       fied  messages,	this  text is usually an "End of digest" string.  As a
       result of this possibly unfriendly behavior on the part of burst,  note
       that  when  the	-inplace  option is used, this trailing	information is
       lost.  In practice, this	is not a problem since correspondents  usually
       place remarks in	text prior to the first	encapsulated message, and this
       information is not lost.

nmh-1.7.1			  2013-02-08			      BURST(1)


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