Introduction to Sequences
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The Chapter Tour Through xmh
and this one have mentioned sequences more than once.
Let's summarize that information here -- and add to it.
A sequence is a list of message numbers, just like an
It's used for grouping messages temporarily or permanently.
When you view
the sequence in your Table of Contents, you'll only
see those particular messages from the folder.
The other messages are still in the folder; they're just not shown.
Note the following:
Every folder and subfolder has its own sequence named all.
Naturally enough, this sequence has all messages in the folder.
On most systems, each folder can have up to 26 sequences -- not counting the
(Older versions of MH, and MH running on small systems, has a limit of
When you make a sequence, it stays with the folder until
you delete the sequence.
Each sequence in a folder has its own entry on the Sequence menu.
The selected sequence has a check mark by it.
The Figure below
shows that mailquestions is currently
selected, but I'm about to select all (the sequence will
be selected after I let go of the mouse button).
Figure: Selecting a sequence (all)
There are two ways to select a sequence:
To make a sequence, use the Pick command -- then, if you want, you can
use the Add to Sequence and Remove from Sequence commands to
move messages into or out of the sequence.
First, let's take a look at the way to make sequences: Pick.
If you select the sequence with the first mouse button, that changes
the selected sequence but doesn't view it in the Table of Contents.
When you use Open Sequence,
a listing of the messages opens in the Table of Contents.
If you're adding a message to a sequence, though, you won't want to open it.
The accelerator is selecting the sequence with the second mouse button.
That selects the sequence and views it in the Table of Contents.
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