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Manual Reference Pages  -  MAILFMT (1)

NAME

mailfmt - Reformat mail/news to wrap lines and remove quotation characters

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
Other
Bugs And Misfeatures
Copyright And Licensing
Author

SYNOPSIS

mailfmt [-ahiorv] [-c char] [-w num]

DESCRIPTION

'mailfmt' is a Unix and Win32 tool for reformatting news and mail messages. It removes leading quotations strings (most often the '>' character, but this is user selectable from the command line) and wraps lines to a user specified width. This allows news or mail messages which have been extensively forwarded and/or quoted to be easily reformatted for ease of reading.

On Unix systems, 'mailfmt' reads from stdin and writes to stdout.

On Win32 systems, 'mailfmt' reads from the clipboard and then writes the results to the clipboard. This is really handy if your are running a GUI mail client. You cut the desired text (thereby placing it on the clipboard). Then you run 'mailfmt' - this is best done with a keyboard shortcut - Then paste back to your mail client and, voila!, your text has been reformatted.

On Win32 systems, the input and output can be reassigned to stdin and stdout respectively, using the -i and -o options.

Normally, errors on a Win32 system will appear as GUI Message Boxes. If, however, you choose to output to stdout via the -o option, all errors will be written there instead.

OPTIONS

-a Do not remove leading quotation characters. (Default: Remove leading quotation characters.)

-c character
  Change the quotation character to 'char'. (Default: '>')

-h Display help information.

-i Get input from stdin. On Unix systems, this is the only possible option for input and need not be specified. However, on Win32 systems, input to defaults to the clipboard. This option overrides that default allowing Win32 systems to read from stdin.

-o Send output to stdout. On Unix systems, this is the only possible option for output and need not be specified. However, on Win32 systems, output defaults to the clipboard. This option overrides that default allowing Win32 systems to write to stdout.

-r Do not wrap lines to specified width. (Default: Wrap lines)

-v Display detailed version information.

-w val Set line wrapping width to 'val'. (Default: 75)

OTHER

You must have a reasonably current copy of ’python’ installed for 'mailfmt' to operate.

BUGS AND MISFEATURES

None known as of this release. This is not beautiful code. It is very hackish in places.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING

'mailfmt' is Copyright(c) 2002 TundraWare Inc. For terms of use, see the mailfmt-License.txt file in the program distribution. If you install 'mailfmt' on a FreeBSD system using the ’ports’ mechanism, you will also find this file in /usr/local/share/doc/mailfmt.

AUTHOR

Tim Daneliuk
tundra@tundraware.com

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