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The most basic thing to do with a message is to read it. The way to do this in Rmail is to make the message current. You can make any message current, given its message number, by using the j command, but people most often move sequentially through the file, since this is the order of receipt of messages. When you enter Rmail, you are positioned at the first new message (new messages are those received after you last used Rmail), or at the last message if there are no new messages this time. Move forward to see other new messages if there are any; move backward to re-examine old messages.
rmail-search). If regexp is empty, the last regexp used is used again.
To move among messages in Rmail, you can use n and p.
These keys move through the messages sequentially but skip over deleted
messages, which is usually what you want to do. Their command
definitions are named
rmail-previous-undeleted-message. If you do not want to skip
deleted messages--for example, if you want to move to a message to
undelete it--use the variants M-n (
rmail-previous-message). A numeric argument to any of
these commands serves as a repeat count.
In Rmail, you can specify a numeric argument by just typing the digits. It is not necessary to type C-u first.
The M-s (
rmail-search) command is Rmail's version of
search. The usual incremental search command C-s works in Rmail,
but searches only within the current message. The purpose of M-s
is to search for another message. It reads a regular expression
non-incrementally, then starts searching at the beginning of the
following message for a match. The message containing the match is
To search backward in the file for another message, give M-s a negative argument. In Rmail you can do this with - M-s.
It is also possible to search for a message based on labels. See section 7. Labels.
To move to a message specified by absolute message number, use j
rmail-show-message) with the message number as argument. With
no argument, j selects the first message. >
rmail-last-message) selects the last message.
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