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PROMPTER(1)		    General Commands Manual		   PROMPTER(1)

       prompter	- nmh's	prompting editor front-end

       prompter	[-help]	[-version] [-erase chr]	[-kill chr] [-prepend |	-no-
	    prepend] [-rapid | -norapid] [-doteof | -nodoteof] file

       prompter	is an editor front-end for nmh which allows rapid  composition
       of  messages.   This  program is	not normally invoked directly by users
       but takes the place of an editor	and acts as an editor  front-end.   It
       operates	 on an RFC 822-style message draft skeleton specified by file,
       normally	provided by the	nmh commands comp, dist, forw, or repl.

       prompter	is particularly	useful when composing messages over slow  net-
       work  or	modem lines.  It is an nmh program in that it can have its own
       profile entry with switches, but	it is  not  invoked  directly  by  the
       user.   The  commands  comp, dist, forw,	and repl invoke	prompter as an
       editor, either when invoked with	-editor	prompter, or  by  the  profile
       entry  "Editor: prompter",  or  when given the command edit prompter at
       the "What now?" prompt.

       For each	empty component	prompter finds	in  the	 draft,	 the  user  is
       prompted	 for  a	response; A <RETURN> will cause	the whole component to
       be left out.  Otherwise,	a `\' preceding	a <RETURN> will	 continue  the
       response	on the next line, allowing for multiline components.  Continu-
       ation lines must	begin with a space or tab.

       Each non-empty component	is copied to the draft and  displayed  on  the

       The  start  of the message body is denoted by a blank line or a line of
       dashes.	If the body is non-empty, the prompt, which isn't  written  to
       the file, is

	    --------Enter additional text

       or (if -prepend was given)

	    --------Enter initial text

       Message-body typing is terminated with an end-of-file (usually CTRL-D).
       With the	-doteof	switch,	a period on a line all by itself  also	signi-
       fies  end-of-file.   At	this  point control is returned	to the calling
       program,	where the user is asked	"What now?".  See whatnow(1)  for  the
       valid options to	this query.

       By using	the -prepend switch, the user can add type-in to the beginning
       of the message body and have the	rest of	the body follow.  This is use-
       ful for the forw	command.

       By  using  the -rapid switch, if	the draft already contains text	in the
       message-body, it	is not displayed on the	user's terminal.  This is use-
       ful for low-speed terminals.

       The  line editing characters for	kill and erase may be specified	by the
       user via	the arguments -kill chr	and -erase chr,	where  chr  may	 be  a
       character; or `\nnn', where "nnn" is the	octal value for	the character.

       An  interrupt  (usually	CTRL-C)	 during	 component  typing  will abort
       prompter	and the	nmh command that invoked it.  An interrupt during mes-
       sage-body typing	is equivalent to CTRL-D, for historical	reasons.  This
       means that prompter should finish up and	exit.

       The first non-flag argument to prompter is taken	as  the	 name  of  the
       draft file, and subsequent non-flag arguments are ignored.

       $HOME/.mh_profile		    The	user profile
       /tmp/prompter*			    Temporary copy of message

       prompter-next:	    To name the	editor to be used on exit from .B prompter
       Msg-Protect:	    To set mode	when creating a	new draft

       comp(1),	dist(1), forw(1), repl(1), whatnow(1)



       The  -rapid  option is particularly useful with forw, and -noprepend is
       useful with comp	-use.

       The user	may wish to link prompter under	several	names (e.g.,  "rapid")
       and  give appropriate switches in the profile entries under these names
       (e.g., "rapid: -rapid").	 This facilitates  invoking  prompter  differ-
       ently for different nmh commands	(e.g., "forw: -editor rapid").

       prompter	uses stdio(3), so it will lose if you edit files with nulls in

nmh-1.7.1			  1999-04-30			   PROMPTER(1)


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