Summary [pattern pattern ...] [options]
s *s +unread 3,5 s +outbound *s blackbeard kidd teach sub=gold
Summary provides information about one or more messages in a drawer. If you do not specify an option telling which drawer to look at, MAIL8 summarizes your Saved drawer.
If you specify a single reference or message range, Summary gives information about those messages in the appropriate drawer. If you do not specify a message reference, Summary gives information about the current message in the drawer. If you are at end-of-drawer, MAIL8 summarizes the last message in the drawer. Summary sets the drawer's current message pointer to the last message summarized.
If you specify a message range, you can also specify patterns with the Summary command. When you do so, MAIL8 only summarizes those messages that are inside the range and whose addresses contain one or more of the given patterns. For example,
* summary smith +unread
scans through all the Unread messages and only summarizes those from senders whose address contains the string "smith". Possible senders could be "smith", "jsmith", "rjsmithson", and so on.
* summary smith jones
scans through all the Saved messages and summarizes those from senders whose address contains either "smith" or "jones". Patterns specified in this way can contain all the special pattern-matching characters recognized by the TSS LOCATE command; see "expl locate" for details.
A typical summary of an Unread notification has the form
1 wshakespeare (10/281) (1 File) Unread "Hamlet"
This gives the message's reference number, drawer, sender, and subject. This subject is truncated to 40 characters if it is too long to fit on the line. In the example above, the numbers (10/281) in parentheses indicate that the message is 10 lines long, containing 281 characters. The example also shows that the message has an attached file.
A typical summary of a Saved message has the form
5 jmilton (2/42) Fri, 21 Sep, 21:34 "Paradise"
This gives the message's reference number, sender, size, sending date and time, and subject. If the message was not sent in the current year, the year is shown instead of the time of day.
A typical summary of a Deleted message has the form
2 wblake (1/10) (1 File) [72:30] 15 Oct 13:07 "innocence"
This tells the message's reference number, sender, size, number of attached files, sending date and time, and subject. Long subjects are truncated to fit on the line. The number in square brackets tells how much longer the message is guaranteed to remain in the Deleted drawer. Times are given in the format [hh:mm], so a time of [24:00] indicates that the message will be retained another day. If the given time is [00:00], time has run out on the message and the message's space may be re-used for other purposes. You will still be able to UnDELete the message until you issue a new Delete or Number command on any drawer.
A typical summary of an Outbound notification has the form
3 Outbound (8/234) Fri, Jan 10 12:34 "Nightingales" To: wbyeats,jkeats Not Received By: jkeats
The last line lists the intended recipients who have not yet read the message.
If an Outbound message has been redirected from one recipient to another because of Option Redirect=, the summary shows the redirection with
where user1 is the original recipient and user2 is the final recipient. For example, you might see
Not received by: cbabbage-->alovelace
showing that the message was redirected from cbabbage to alovelace.
Summaries of Outbound messages may also contain the following messages:
As noted in the description of the ADvisory command, your own advisory message is stored in your mailbox file as an Outbound message. Such a message is marked with
in the message header (after the length of the message).
Confidential messages are marked with a "C" in their summary. If the confidentiality level is higher than 1, the level is displayed after the "C". Memos are marked with an "M". AnswerBack messages are marked with an "A". Registered messages are marked with an "R". Registered messages also have information lines telling when each recipient read the message.
only summarizes messages whose Subject lines contain "Bull" followed by zero or more characters, followed by "HN".
*s blackbeard kidd teach sub=gold
only summarizes messages whose Subject lines contain "gold", and whose addresses contain either "blackbeard", "kidd", or "teach".
When one command combines several options, Summary only summarizes the messages which satisfy all those options. For example,
*summary -memo +conf
only summarizes Saved messages which are not memos but which are confidential.
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