The -help Switches

[previous] [next] [table of contents] [index]

Any time you need a quick reminder of an MH command's switches, use the -help switch. For example, here's a list for scan:

% scan -help
syntax: scan [+folder] [msgs] [switches]
  switches are:
  -[no]clear
  -form formatfile
  -(forma)t string
  -[no]header
  -width columns
  -[no]reverse
  -(file) file
  -(help)

version: MH 6.8.3 #1[UCI] (ora) of Sun Feb 13 14:19:54 PST 1994
options: [ATTVIBUG] [BIND] [BSD42] [BSD43] [DUMB] [FLOCK] [GCOS_HACK]
         [MHE] [MIME] [NTHOLSWAP] [OVERHEAD] [POP] [POP2] [RENAME]
         [RPATHS] [RUSERPASS] [SENDMTS] [SOCKETS] [SUN40] [TYPESIG=void]
         [UNISTD] [VSPRINTF] [ZONEINFO]
The syntax: shows what kinds of things you can type on the command line. Some parts of some switches are shown in parentheses -- this is the shortest abbreviation you can use -- for example, you can type -forma instead of -format. But it doesn't show all abbreviations; for example, you can use -w instead of -width.

The version: and options: information is important when you're asking questions or reporting bugs to someone who's not at your computer site. There are several versions of MH and lots of configuration options -- an expert may need to know how your MH is set up, and this information will explain it. The #1 means this was the first build of MH 6.8.3 on our computer named ora. Local changes and rebuilds will change this to #2, #3, etc. The options: are explained in your online mh-gen(8) manual page.

[Table of Contents] [Index] [Previous: Using MIME] [Next: Other MH Features]


Last change $Date: 1996/06/06 15:14:34 $

This file is from the third edition of the book MH & xmh: Email for Users & Programmers, ISBN 1-56592-093-7, by Jerry Peek. Copyright 1991, 1992, 1995 by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. This file is freely-available; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation. For more information, see the file copying.htm.

Suggestions are welcome: Jerry Peek <jerry@ora.com>

Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to Steve Gielda.
Copyright 1999 www.cotse.com.  All rights reserved.
Last modified: Friday April 02, 1999.