sortm - sort messages (only available within the message handling system, mh)
sortm [msgs] [+folder] [options]
Specifies the name of the header field to use when making the date comparison. If you have a special field in each message, such as Delivery-Date:, then the -datefield switch can be used to tell sortm which field to examine. If you do not give this option, the default is to use the Date: header field. Prints a list of all the valid options to this command. Displays the general actions that it is taking to place the folder in sorted order. The -noverbose option performs these actions silently. The default is -noverbose.
The default settings for this command are:
+folder defaults to the current folder msgs defaults to all -datefield date -noverbose
The command sortm sorts all the messages in the current folder into chronological order according to the contents of the Date: fields of the messages.
By default, sortm sorts all the messages in the current folder. You can select particular messages in the folder by giving a range of messages. You can also sort messages in another folder by specifying the folder name.
If sortm encounters a message without a Date: field, or if the message has a Date: field that sortm cannot parse, it attempts to keep the message in the same relative position. However, this does not always work; for instance, if the first message encountered lacks a date which can be parsed, then it will usually be placed at the end of the messages being sorted.
complains about a message which it cannot
order, it complains about the message number prior to sorting.
Path: To determine your MH directory
The following example sorts all the messages in the folder +meetings: % sortm +meetings The next example sorts messages 10-30 in the folder called +test: % sortm +test 10-30
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