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MH & xmh: Email for Users & Programmers, 3rd Edition

by Jerry Peek

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There are lots of mail programs in use these days, but MH is one of the most durable and flexible. MH gives users the ability to combine email and shell programming capabilities to create powerful and customized mail environments. Best of all, MH is freely available on almost all UNIX systems. MH has spawned a number of interfaces in addition to the shell command line, too. This book covers three popular interfaces: xmh (for the X environment), exmh (written with tcl/tk), and mh-e (for GNU Emacs users).

MH & xmh: Email for Users & Programmers first gives the reader the basic information needed to get started. The information in these "quick tour" chapters is expanded in later chapters so that users can go beyond the basic functions of a mailer and create a customized email environment. This book contains useful examples, tips, tricks, and documented and undocumented features that the author learned in thirteen years as an MH user, instructor, programmer, and system administrator. This book has been described as the "MH bible" because of its complete treatment of MH and its interfaces.

The book contains:

  • A quick tour through MH, xmh, exmh, and mh-e for new users
  • Configuration and customization information
  • Lots of tips and techniques for programmers -- and plenty of practical examples for everyone
  • Information beyond the manual pages, explaining how to make MH do things you never thought an email program could do

In addition, the third edition describes the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) and how to use it with these mail programs. MIME is an extension that allows users to send graphics, sound, and other multimedia formats through mail between otherwise incompatible systems.

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Learning how to customize your email environment can save you time and make communicating more enjoyable. MH & xmh: Email for Users & Programmers explains how to use, customize, and program with MH electronic mail commands, available on virtually any UNIX system. MH is notable for its power and flexibility: you'll be able to do things you never thought you could do with an email program. This book contains the information you'll need to configure MH on your system and customize it to your needs. The 3rd edition covers three popular interfaces to MH: xmh (for the X environment, exmh (an X interface written in Tcl/Tk), and Mh-e (an interface for GNU users). These interfaces are both easy to use and powerful, and this book allows you to learn about them in stages. There is a Quick Tour of each interface, letting you get started quickly. Then there are examples, tips, and programming techniques that let you use the power inherent in MH. This handbook is packed with explanations and useful examples which simply don't appear in the standard documentation. The authors provide a quick reference for all the interfaces as well. Also, this book covers the use of the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME). MIME is an extension that lets MH (and other mail programs) send graphics, sound, and other multimedia files across the net, even between otherwise incompatible systems.



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