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2# FAQ -- frequently asked questions
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4# $Id: FAQ,v 1.1.1.1 1999-02-07 18:14:05 danw Exp $
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71) What is nmh?
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9    nmh (new MH) is an electronic mail handling system.  It is based on
10    version 6.8.3 of the MH message system originally developed by the
11    RAND Corporation and the University of California.
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132) Is it nmh, Nmh, nMH, NMH?
14
15   It's nmh.  I hate capital letters.
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173) Who is developing nmh?
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19   Richard Coleman
20   coleman@math.gatech.edu
21   http://www.math.gatech.edu/~coleman
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234) Why are you developing nmh?
24
25   For several reasons.
26   a) It's an interesting project.
27   b) I like using MH/nmh.
28   c) I wanted to increase the portability of MH.
29   d) I wanted to make MH easier to install (convert to autoconf).
30   e) I wanted to remove all the unnecessary junk from the
31      MH distribution (pop daemon, bulletin board support, etc...).
32   f) UCI seems to have abandoned MH, so someone needed to pick up
33      the slack.
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355) What is the copyright status of nmh?
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37   nmh is distributed under a variant of the classical BSD copyright.
38   Check the COPYRIGHT file in the nmh distribution for the details.
39   There are some specific files which were contributed to the original
40   MH package that are copyrighted by their original author.  I have
41   retained the copyright notices of these authors in these files.
42
43   Essentially, you can do anything you want with the nmh package as long
44   as you don't blame me if it trashes all your mail.
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466) What is the difference between nmh and MH?
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48   Check the file DIFFERENCES in the nmh distribution for the
49   (ever growing) list of differences between nmh and MH.
50
517) Where do I get nmh?
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53    The latest version of nmh is available at
54    ftp://ftp.math.gatech.edu/pub/nmh/nmh.tar.gz
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568) Where is the nmh web page?
57
58    The nmh home page is located at
59    http://www.math.gatech.edu/nmh/
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619) Where is the nmh mailing list?
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63    There is a mailing list for nmh development at:
64    nmh-workers@math.gatech.edu
65
66    To subscribe, send e-mail to the administrative address:
67    nmh-workers-request@math.gatech.edu
68
69    with the subject "subscribe e-mail-address"
70    (without the quotes).
71
7210) Where do I report bugs in nmh?
73
74    Send bug reports and suggestions to
75    nmh-workers@math.gatech.edu
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7711) Which mail transfer agents (MTA's) are supported?
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79   The default setup for nmh is to use SMTP, so nmh should work with
80   most MTA's that provide a standard SMTP connection on port 25.
81   Also you may configure nmh to use a sendmail interface (still
82   uses SMTP) by using the configure option --with-mts=sendmail.
83   There is also an option (--enable-nmh-pop) to include client-side
84   support for POP.
85
8612) Why does `folder' and `flist' overlook some of my subfolders?
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88    There was a bug in these commands which caused them to quit
89    searching a folder for subfolders too early, if the folder contained
90    subfolders which were symbolic links.  This has been improved in
91    nmh-0.25, but `folder' and `flist' will still not recurse into
92    folders that contain only symbolic links.
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9413) Why doesn't the (X)Emacs package `mh-e' work with
95    nmh?
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97    In nmh, the default location of things have changed.  Also the MH
98    lib directory has been split into a `etc' directory (containing
99    configuration files and components), and a `lib' directory
100    (containing support binaries).  So sometimes mh-e has trouble
101    finding the components skeleton for composing new mail or replies.
102    Depending on the install location of nmh at your site, you will
103    need to add something similar to the following to your .emacs file.
104    The lines for `mh-comp-formfile' and `mh-repl-formfile' should point
105    to your personal copies of these files (if you have them) or else
106    point to the default nmh versions.
107
108    ;; set a few mh-e variables for nmh
109    (setq mh-progs "/usr/local/nmh/bin/")
110    (setq mh-lib "/usr/local/nmh/lib/")
111    (setq mh-comp-formfile "/usr/local/nmh/etc/components")
112    (setq mh-repl-formfile "/usr/local/nmh/etc/replcomps")
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