Manual Reference Pages - ANSWER (1)
answer - phone message transcription system
Bug Reports To
Answer is a part of the
Elm mail system and is designed for secretaries and the like
to allow them to answer phones and|or listen to phone message
machines and quickly and easily transcribe the messages into
The program will use standard mail addresses or aliases
included in the standard .elm directory alias files.
It can also use
its own alias set (usually a subset of the
system aliases, with more fields per user (i.e. unique first
names, unique last names, first-initial last name, and so on)).
Note that if you want to use this capability, it
means that you must create this alias set and then install it, using
newalias, as a separate alias table for the account this program is to
be run from.
Interface-wise, the program is a breeze to use - type answer
to start it up and then merely type a user name at the
Prompt for phone slip type message fields.
Allow names that are not in the alias table. Without this
option all names must be resolvable as aliases and answer will
reprompt for a new name if the alias cannot be resolved.
prompt, fill in the requested information (simply type an
"x" next to the pertinent information - "TELEPHONED",
"PLEASE CALL", "URGENT", etc. if the -p option was given),
and then enter a message, if any, ending with a blank line.
If you elect to use the special alias file,
names can be entered as Firstname Lastname and the system
will try to find a mail alias based on the first letter of the
first name plus the last name. For example, Dave Taylor
will cause the program to search for an alias d_taylor in
the file (note the transliteration into lower case). The
program will loop until killed or quit.
Answer can be easily exited by typing any of quit, exit done,
or bye at the Message to: prompt.
Elm Development Group
The Elm Alias System Users Guide
newalias(1L), checkalias(1L), mail(1), mailx(1), frm(1L), printmail(1L)
$HOME/.elm/aliases.text individual alias source
$HOME/.elm/aliases.dir individual alias dbz directory table
$HOME/.elm/aliases.pag individual alias dbz hash table
$HOME/.elm/aliases individual alias data table
/tmp/snd.$$ edit buffer for outgoing mail
BUG REPORTS TO
Bill Pemberton firstname.lastname@example.org
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