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MH-MIME(7)	       Miscellaneous Information Manual		    MH-MIME(7)

NAME
       mh-mime - overview of nmh MIME message composition and display

DESCRIPTION
       The  acronym MIME stands	for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, the
       format of Internet messages used	to send	multi-media content.  The  nmh
       command	suite has support for the display and composition of MIME mes-
       sages, but currently MIME support is not	completely integrated into all
       tools.	This  document	provides an overview as	to which tools support
       MIME message display, storage, and composition.

   Local Character Set Conversion
       All of the nmh commands convert non-native character sets to the	 local
       character  set,	as  specified by the operating system locale settings.
       See locale(1) for more details on the environment variables used	to set
       the local character set.	 Character set conversion will only take place
       if nmh was built	with iconv(3) support.	See the	 mhparam(1)  man  page
       for  how	 to  determine whether your nmh	installation includes iconv(3)
       support.

       Depending on the	source and target character set, it may	not be	possi-
       ble to convert all characters to	the local character set.  In this case
       a substitution character	will be	used for the characters	that cannot be
       converted.

   Message Display
       The  default  format used by scan(1) will automatically decode MIME-en-
       coded headers.  If you have a custom scan format, see the examples pro-
       vided  with the nmh distribution	(found in the "/usr/local/etc/nmh" di-
       rectory)	and mh-format(5) for details on	how to	make  sure  your  MIME
       headers are properly decoded.

       By  default,  if	show detects that it is	reading	a MIME message it will
       invoke mhshow(1).  The default behavior of mhshow is  to	 only  display
       text  parts  that are not marked	as attachments.	 See mhshow(1) for de-
       tails on	how to control what mhshow will	display.

   Message Interrogation and Storage
       The mhlist(1) command will display a listing of	the  MIME  parts  con-
       tained  within  a message.  That	information can	be used	in conjunction
       with the	mhstore	command	to save	individual parts or content types of a
       message.	  See  mhlist(1)  and mhstore(1) for more details on how these
       commands	work.

   Message Composition and Reply
       All messages sent by send(1) will automatically	be  processed  by  mh-
       build(1)	 before	 being	passed to post(1) for message submission.  mh-
       build will use the locale settings to mark text content with the	appro-
       priate  character set and apply any necessary encoding.	If you wish to
       include text in your message using a character set that does not	 match
       your  locale,  you  will	need to	specify	the character set using	an mh-
       build directive;	see mhbuild(1) for more	information.

       For attaching files or composing	other non-text content,	there are  two
       options:	the attach system and mhbuild directives.

       The  attach  system  is best suited for content where one or more files
       are being attached to a message.	 You can use the attach	system by  ei-
       ther  using the attach command at the "What now?" prompt, or by insert-
       ing an "Attach:"	header in the message draft containing the name	of the
       file  you  wish to attach to the	message	(note that all the attach com-
       mand does is place an "Attach:" header in the message draft).   mhbuild
       will  then  automatically include the specified file(s) in the outgoing
       message.	 See send(1) for details on how	mhbuild	determines the	proper
       content type of attached	files.

       The  other  method  of composing	MIME messages is to use	mhbuild	direc-
       tives.  This allows exact control over the contents and format  of  the
       MIME  message,  but has a more complicated syntax.  mhbuild(1) contains
       details on the directive	syntax and examples of directives for  differ-
       ent  media  types.  It is important to note that	when using mhbuild di-
       rectives	the user must run mhbuild outside of send to have  it  process
       directives;  when  being	 run  by  send,	 mhbuild  is configured	to not
       process directives so normal user text is not mistaken for a directive.
       When  using  directives	a  user	typically uses the mime	command	at the
       "What now?" prompt to process them.

       When replying to	messages using repl(1) the traditional	MH  method  of
       including  the  original	 text  in the reply does not interoperate with
       MIME messages.  The -convertargs	switch to repl(1) provides  one	 solu-
       tion.	 Another    solution:	 the   contrib	 directory   (/usr/lo-
       cal/share/doc/nmh/contrib) contains a Perl program  called  replyfilter
       which  will decode text parts and present them in an appropriate	manner
       to be included in a message reply.  See the comments at the top of  re-
       plyfilter for instructions on how to configure nmh to work with it.

   Message Rewrite
       The  mhfixmsg(1)	command	can apply various transformations to MIME mes-
       sages, including	decoding of text parts,	converting the	character  set
       of  text	parts, and insertion of	text/plain parts to correspond to text
       parts of	other subtypes.	 mhfixmsg can also repair defects in MIME mes-
       sages,  such  as	 mismatched  top-level boundary	indicators and invalid
       Content-Transfer-Encoding values.

SEE ALSO
       comp(1),	iconv(3), mh-format(5)	mhbuild(1),  mhfixmsg(1),  mhparam(1),
       nmh(7), repl(1),	whatnow(1),
       /usr/local/share/doc/nmh/contrib/replyfilter,
       /usr/local/share/doc/nmh/contrib/replaliases

BUGS
       MIME  support  should be	more integrated	into all of the	nmh tools than
       it currently is.

nmh-1.7.1			  2014-12-15			    MH-MIME(7)

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