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Nanvaent help directory: Commands: Communication: Mail
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commands/communication/mail Nanvaent Player Help
mail - Send mail to someone
Nanvaent has a built in mailer which you can use in any post office.
It does not communicate with the Internet; only people within Nanvaent
can receive and send mail using this system.
To read mail you need to find a post office. Once there use the
command 'mail' or 'read' to start the mailer. You will be shown a list
of your mail folders and how many messages in each, then a list of
your last few messages in your inbox.
The prompt gives you a list of commands available, the ? command will
give you a quick reference as to what each command does. For simple
reading you can just press return at the prompt and the current mail
will be shown, which is usually the first unread mail in the current
folder. The current message will be moved on, so pressing return will
show the next message, and so on.
To exit the mailer you can use either 'q' or 'x'. The difference being
'x' will ignore any messages marked for deletion, so if you made
mistakes deleting mail you can exit using 'x' and they will not get
Sending mail can either be done from the mailer prompt or straight
from the normal Nanvaent prompt by typing 'mail burty', for example. At
the mailer prompt simply 'm burty' is acceptable. More than one person
can be specified, for example 'm burty, aragorn'.
You will then be prompted for the Cc field. This is a list of people
you also want to send the mail to. The next prompt will be for the
Subject of the mail.
Then comes the fun part, writing your message using the infamous
editor 'ed'. You should be able to type in your message right away,
remembering to press enter before the end of the line. When you have
finished, enter a '.' on a line by itself, then at the ed prompt
You will then be prompted for what to do next. You can either send the
mail, re-edit it, or quit which leaves the message in a draft folder
for editing later. Pressing return will send it.
Replying to/Forwarding Mail:
The commands 'r' and 'R' will reply to either the current mail, or the
mail you specify, for example 'r 16' will reply to message number
16. The difference between 'r' and 'R' is that 'R' will only reply to
the sender of the mail and not other people in the To or Cc
fields. The new message will automatically include a copy of the mail
you are replying to, indented with >'s.
Forwarding a mail message can be done with the 'f' command, for
example 'f burty, aragorn' will forward the current message to Burty
and Aragorn. Note that you can only forward the current message, so
change to that message first by typing the number.
Other useful stuff:
Using folders can be useful to organise your mail. The 'c' command
will change the current folder, or create a new one if you type one
that doesn't already exist. For example 'c burty' will create a folder
called 'burty' to put all your important mail in :-)
Moving messages can be done with the 's' command. For example,
's 10 burty' will move message 10 into the folder called 'burty' and
's -from burty burty' will move all messages from Burty into a folder
called 'burty'. See the section on Ranges for more info on this.
To delete a message use the 'd' command. For example, 'd 10-15' will
mark messages 10-15 for deletion, however, they will only get deleted
when you exit the mailer with the 'q' command. Folders may be deleted
with the same command, e.g. 'd drafts' will delete your drafts folder,
and all the messages in it.
Messages can be unmarked as deleted with the 'u' command.
To list your folders and how many messages are in them, use the 'l'
command. This will show how many unread messages are in each folder
To re-edit a message you can use the 'e' command. So if you have a
message you left in your drafts folder you could 'c drafts' then 'e 2'
and edit the message and send it.
The headers command 'h' can be used to view the headers of messages,
like when you start the mailer. 'h' on its own will list the last few
messages in the current folder, but you may give it a range argument,
such as 'h 1-6'.
Most of the commands available can be given a range of messages. There
are various ways you can specify a range. Here are some examples.
1 - A single message
3-7 - A simple range
2 4-8 9 13 - A more complex range
10- - From message 10 to the end including all messages
* - All messages in the current folder
-from burty - All messages with the word 'burty' somewhere in
the from field
-subject gm - All messages with the word 'gm' in the subject
Note that the words passed to -from or -subject are not case
You can list the possible mailing lists with the command 'M'. To list
a particular list use 'M name'. When mailing to a list use #name in
the to field. For example, 'm #lords' will send a mail to all Lords.
There are a few options available to edit too. Use the 'O' command and
follow the prompts. The following things can be configured:
* The name of your inbox folder.
* The name of the draft messages folder.
* The name of your saved messages folder.
* A flag to say whether all the mail you send should be kept in
your saved messages folder.
* The number of messages to show when you start the mailer.
This is so you can get them to fit on your screen well.