NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences
Summary of elm Commands

Starting elm

elm start the program in the normal menu-driven mode
elm jones@ucsd.edu start the program in the message composition mode, specifying the recipient
elm -s "Hello there" jones@ucsd.edu as above, but specify the Subject: header also
elm -s "Hello there" jones@ucsd.edu < letter1 send the letter immediately, reading its contents from a file
elm -f mymail start the program in the normal mode, but open the folder (mailbox file) mymail instead of the user's main system mailbox

Commands within elm

Note In operations involving folder names, the following holds:
= used as a prefix expands to ~/Mail/, so that =tests means ~/Mail/tests
! expands to the name of the current user's main system mailbox

Command Elm Action
[Return], [Space] Display current message
? This screen of information
+, [Right] Display next index page
-, [Left] Display previous index page
= Set current message to first message
* Set current message to last message
[NUMBER][Return] Set current message to
a Alias, change to 'alias' mode
b Bounce (remail) current message
c Change to another folder
d Delete current message
f Forward current message
g Group (all recipients) reply to current message
h Headers displayed with message
j, [Down] Advance to next undeleted message
k, [Up] Advance to previous undeleted message
m Mail a message
o Change ELM options
p Print current message or tagged messages
q Quit, maybe prompting for deleting, storing,
and keeping messages
r Reply to current message
s Save current message or tagged messages to a folder
t Tag current message for further operations
u Undelete current message
X Exit leaving folder untouched, unconditionally

See also a brief guide to using elm.

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