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MHPATH(1)		    General Commands Manual		     MHPATH(1)

NAME
       mhpath -	print full pathnames of	nmh messages and folders

SYNOPSIS
       mhpath [+folder]	[msgs] [-version] [-help]

DESCRIPTION
       mhpath  expands	and  sorts the message list `msgs' and writes the full
       pathnames of the	messages to the	standard output	separated by newlines.
       If  no  `msgs'  are specified, mhpath outputs the current mail folder's
       pathname	instead.  If the only argument is `+', your nmh	"Path" is out-
       put; this can be	useful in shell	scripts.

       Contrasted  with	 other	nmh commands, a	message	argument to mhpath may
       often be	intended for writing.  Because of this:

       1)  the name "new" has been added to mhpath's list of reserved  message
	   names  (the	others are "first", "last", "prev", "next", "cur", and
	   "all").  The	new message is equivalent to  the  message  after  the
	   last	 message  in a folder (and equivalent to 1 in a	folder without
	   messages).  The "new" message may not be used as part of a  message
	   range.

       2)  Within a message list, the following	designations may refer to mes-
	   sages that do not exist: a single numeric message name, the	single
	   message  name "cur",	and (obviously)	the single message name	"new".
	   All other message designations must refer to	at least one  existing
	   message, if the folder contains messages.

       3)  An empty folder is not in itself an error.

       A  message  number less than that of the	smallest existing message in a
       folder is treated as if the message already exists.  A  message	number
       greater than that of the	highest	existing message in a folder causes an
       "out of range" error message to be displayed.

       As part of a range designation that contains messages  that  do	exist,
       message	numbers	 less  than the	smallest, or greater than the highest,
       existing	message	in a folder are	ignored.

       Examples: The current folder foo	contains messages 3 5 6.  Cur is 4.

	    % mhpath
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo

	    % mhpath all
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6

	    % mhpath 2001
	    mhpath: message 2001 out of	range 1-6

	    % mhpath 1-2001
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6

	    % mhpath new
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

	    % mhpath last new
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/6
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/7

	    % mhpath last-new
	    mhpath: bad	message	list last-new

	    % mhpath cur
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/4

	    % mhpath 1-2
	    mhpath: no messages	in range 1-2

	    % mhpath first:2
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/3
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/5

	    % mhpath 1 2
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/1
	    /r/phyl/Mail/foo/2

       mhpath is also useful in	backquoted operations:

	    % cd `mhpath +inbox`

	    % echo `mhpath +`
	    /r/phyl/Mail

       Because mhpath expands and sorts	[msgs].	 the command

	    mv `mhpath 501 500`

       to will not move	501 to 500.  Quite the reverse.	 But

	    mv `mhpath 501` `mhpath 500`

       will do the trick.

       Out-of-range message 0 produces a different error  message  than	 large
       out-of-range  message numbers.  But both	cause mhpath to	exit with non-
       zero status.

FILES
       $HOME/.mh_profile    The	user profile

PROFILE	COMPONENTS
       Path:		    To determine the user's nmh	directory
       Current-Folder:	    To find the	default	current	folder

SEE ALSO
       folder(1)

DEFAULTS
       `+folder' defaults to the current folder
       `msgs' defaults to none

CONTEXT
       None

nmh-1.6			       January 20, 2014			     MHPATH(1)

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