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patch-metamail(1)	    General Commands Manual	     patch-metamail(1)

NAME
       patch-metamail -	Install	a patch	to the latest metamail release

SYNOPSIS
       patch-metamail	source-tree-root patch-number [hostname	[dirname [pre-
       fix]]]

DESCRIPTION
       The patch-metamail program will attempt to retreive a  patch  file  for
       the metamail distribution, using	anonymous ftp to a trusted server, and
       then install that patch in your local copy of the distribution.

       The first two arguments,	which are required, are	the root directory  of
       your local copy of the metamail source directory, and the patch number.
       The former is site-dependent, the latter	is patch-dependent.

       In general, patch-metamail is intended to be called via metamail,  with
       a mailcap entry like the	following:

       application/x-metamail-patch;patch-metamail  source-tree-root  %{patch-
       number};	needsterminal

       The default values for the host to ftp to, the directory	 name  to  re-
       trieve  the file	from, and the patch file name prefix are hard-wired to
       thumper.bellcore.com, pub/nsb, and "mm.patch.".	While you can override
       these  on the command line, it would be a big mistake to	make these pa-
       rameterized based on the	contents of a mail message, because then some-
       one  could  spoof  you into retrieving a	new version of metamail	with a
       Trojan horse from their site!  However, as long as you  retain  control
       over  what host and directory the patches are retrieved from, this pro-
       gram is reasonably safe (as safe	as the host you're depending on,  any-
       way).

SEE ALSO
       metamail(1)

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (c) 1991 Bell Communications Research,	Inc. (Bellcore)

       Permission  to  use, copy, modify, and distribute this material for any
       purpose and without fee is hereby  granted,  provided  that  the	 above
       copyright  notice  and this permission notice appear in all copies, and
       that the	name of	Bellcore not be	used in	advertising or publicity  per-
       taining to this material	without	the specific, prior written permission
       of an authorized	representative of Bellcore.  BELLCORE MAKES NO	REPRE-
       SENTATIONS  ABOUT  THE ACCURACY OR SUITABILITY OF THIS MATERIAL FOR ANY
       PURPOSE.	 IT IS PROVIDED	"AS IS", WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR	 IMPLIED  WAR-
       RANTIES.

AUTHOR
       Nathaniel S. Borenstein,	Bellcore

				   Release 1		     patch-metamail(1)

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