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Reading Mail with Rmail
Rmail is an Emacs subsystem for reading and disposing of mail that
you receive. Rmail stores mail messages in files called Rmail files.
Reading the message in an Rmail file is done in a special major mode,
Rmail mode, which redefines most letters to run commands for managing
mail. To enter Rmail, type `M-x rmail'. This reads your primary mail
file, merges new mail in from your inboxes, displays the first message
you haven't read yet, and lets you begin reading.
Using Rmail in the simplest fashion, you have one Rmail file
`~/RMAIL' in which all of your mail is saved. It is called your
"primary mail file". In more sophisticated usage, you can copy
messages into other Rmail files and then edit those files with Rmail.
Rmail uses narrowing to hide all but one message in the Rmail file.
The message that is shown is called the "current message". Rmail
mode's special commands can do such things as delete the current
message, copy into another file, send a reply, or move to another
Within the Rmail file, messages are arranged sequentially in order
of receipt. They are also assigned consecutive integers as their
"message numbers". The number of the current message is displayed in
Rmail's mode line, followed by the total number of messages in the
file. You can move to a message by specifying its message number using
the `j' key (Note: Rmail Motion.).
Following the usual conventions of Emacs, changes in an Rmail file
become permanent only when the file is saved. You can do this with `s'
(`rmail-save'), which also expunges deleted messages from the file
first (Note: Rmail Deletion.). To save the file without expunging,
use `C-x C-s'. Rmail saves the Rmail file spontaneously when moving new
mail from an inbox file (Note: Rmail Inbox.).
You can exit Rmail with `q' (`rmail-quit'); this expunges and saves
the Rmail file and then switches to another buffer. But there is no
need to `exit' formally. If you switch from Rmail to editing in other
buffers, and never happen to switch back, you have exited. (The Rmail
command `b', `rmail-bury', does this for you.) Just make sure to save
the Rmail file eventually (like any other file you have changed). `C-x
s' is a good enough way to do this (Note: Saving.).
- Rmail ScrollingScrolling through a message.
- Rmail MotionMoving to another message.
- Rmail DeletionDeleting and expunging messages.
- Rmail InboxHow mail gets into the Rmail file.
- Rmail FilesUsing multiple Rmail files.
- Rmail OutputCopying message out to files.
- Rmail LabelsClassifying messages by labeling them.
- Rmail ReplySending replies to messages you are viewing.
- Rmail SummarySummaries show brief info on many messages.
- Rmail EditingEditing message text and headers in Rmail.
- Rmail DigestExtracting the messages from a digest message.
- Out of Rmail
- Converting an Rmail file to mailbox format.
- Rmail Rot13Reading messages encoded in the rot13 code.
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