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show the previous nmh message


prev [-help] [-version] [+folder] [-showproc program] [-showmimeproc program] [-header | -noheader] [-checkmime | -nocheckmime] [switches for showproc or showmimeproc]


prev performs a show on the previous message in the specified (or current) folder.  Like show, it passes any switches on to the program named by showproc or showmimeproc, which is called to list the message.  This command is almost exactly equivalent to “show prev”. Consult the manual entry for show(1) for all the details.


$HOME/.mh_profileThe user profile

Profile Components

Path:To determine the user's nmh directory
Current-Folder:To find the default current folder
showproc:Program to show non-MIME messages
showmimeproc:Program to show MIME messages

See Also

next(1), show(1)


`+folder' defaults to the current folder


If a folder is specified, it will become the current folder.  The message that is shown (i.e., the previous message in sequence) will become the current message.


prev is really a link to the show program.  As a result, if you make a link to prev and that link is not called prev, your link will act like show instead.  To circumvent this, add a profile-entry for the link to your nmh profile and add the argument prev to the entry.

Referenced By

next(1), nmh(7), show(1).

1999-04-30 nmh-1.8