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remove an nmh folder


rmf [-help] [-version] [+folder] [-interactive | -nointeractive]


rmf removes all of the messages (files) within the specified (or default) folder, and then removes the folder (directory) itself.

If there are any files within the folder which are not a part of nmh, they will not be removed, and an error will be produced. If the folder is given explicitly, or the -nointeractive option is given, then the folder will be removed without confirmation. Otherwise, the user will be asked for confirmation.  If rmf can't, for some reason, find the current folder the folder to be removed defaults to `+inbox' (unless overridden by the user's profile entry “Inbox”), with confirmation.

If the folder being removed is a subfolder, the parent folder will become the new current folder, and rmf will produce a message telling the user this has happened. This provides an easy mechanism for selecting a set of messages, operating on the list, then removing the list and returning to the current folder, from which the list was extracted.

If rmf is used on a read-only folder, it will delete all the private sequences (i.e., .RI “atr- seq - folder ” entries) for this folder from your context without affecting the folder itself.

rmf irreversibly deletes messages that don't have other links, so use it with caution.


$HOME/.mh_profileThe user profile

Profile Components

Path:To determine the user's nmh directory
Current-Folder:To find the default current folder
Inbox:To find the default inbox

See Also

folder(1), rmm(1)


`+folder' defaults to the current folder, usually with confirmation
`-interactive' if +folder' not given, `-nointeractive' otherwise


rmf will set the current folder to the parent folder if a subfolder is removed; or if the current folder is removed, it will make “inbox” current. Otherwise, it doesn't change the current folder or message.


Although intuitively one would suspect that rmf works recursively, it does not. Hence, if you have a sub-folder within a folder, in order to rmf the parent, you must first rmf each of the children.

Referenced By

folder(1), nmh(7), refile(1), rmm(1).

1999-04-30 nmh-1.8