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PMCANON(1)		    General Commands Manual		    PMCANON(1)

NAME
       pmcanon - put a news article in canonical format	for signature checking

SYNOPSIS
       pmcanon[file]

DESCRIPTION
       Pmcanon	accepts	 an  article from the named file (or standard input if
       not specified), selects certain of the header fields, and performs cer-
       tain  transformations intended to defeat	unintentional mangling by news
       transport programs. The resulting article is written to	standard  out-
       put,  and  is suitable to have a	PGP signature generated	or checked for
       it.

       The output produced consists (in	order) of a sorted list, one per line,
       of newsgroups; the From:, Subject:, and Message-ID: lines, and the body
       of the article (everything after	the first empty	line).	 Other	header
       lines are discarded.

       The  body  is  further  processed by deleting all blank lines, deleting
       trailing	whitespace on lines,  prefixing	 lines	beginning  with	 "--",
       "From",	"Subject",  and	 a single "." with "- ", ">", ">" and ".", re-
       spectively. These modifications are safe, in that an article which  has
       already	had such modifications will fail to meet the criterion to have
       them happen again.  Thus	what was used as input when  a	signature  was
       generated  should  still	be the same when checked for validity, even if
       some of these changes have happened along the delivery path.

SEE ALSO
       pmapp(1), pmcheck(1), PGP manual.

AUTHOR
       Greg Rose, RoSecure Software.

				   PGP Moose			    PMCANON(1)

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