rmm man page

rmm — remove messages


rmm [+folder] [msgs] [-unlink | -nounlink] [-rmmproc program] [-normmproc] [-version] [-help]


By default, rmm will remove the specified messages by renaming each of the message files with a site-dependent prefix (usually a comma).  Such files will then need to be removed in some manner after a certain amount of time.  Many sites arrange for cron to remove these files once a day, so check with your system administrator.

Alternately, if you wish for rmm to really remove the files representing these messages, you can use the -unlink switch.  But messages removed by this method cannot be later recovered.

If you prefer a more sophisticated method of `removing' messages, you can define the rmmproc profile component.  For example, you can add a profile component such as

rmmproc: /home/foouser/bin/rmm_msgs

Then instead of simply renaming the message file, rmm will call the named program or script to handle the files that represent the messages to be deleted. The -rmmproc switch may be used to override this profile component.  The -normmproc switch disables the use of any rmmproc profile component and negates all prior -rmmproc switches.

An example of a rmmproc script that saves a message based in its Message-ID is provided in /etc/nmh/rmmproc.messageid.  To enable it, simply add a rmmproc component that names it to your profile.

Some users of csh prefer the following:

alias rmm 'refile +d'

where folder `+d' is a folder for deleted messages, and

alias mexp 'rm `mhpath +d all`'

is used to “expunge” deleted messages.

The current message is not changed by rmm, so a next will advance to the next message in the folder as expected.


$HOME/.mh_profile The user profile

Profile Components

Path: To determine the user's nmh directory
Current-Folder: To find the default current folder
rmmproc: Program to delete the message

See Also



`+folder' defaults to the current folder
`msgs' defaults to cur


If a folder is given, it will become the current folder.


Since rmm and refile use your rmmproc to delete the message, the rmmproc must NOT call rmm or refile without specifying -normmproc, or you will create an infinite loop.

Referenced By

mhfixmsg(1), nmh(7), refile(1), rmf(1).

March 18, 2013 nmh-1.6