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A "digest message" is a message which exists to contain and carry
several other messages. Digests are used on moderated mailing lists.
All messages that arrive for the list during a period of time, such as
one day, are put inside a single digest which is then sent to the
subscribers. Transmitting the single digest uses much less computer
time than transmitting the individual messages even though the total
size is the same, because the per-message overhead in network mail
transmission is considerable.
When you receive a digest message, the most convenient way to read
it is to "undigestify" it: to turn it back into many individual
messages. You can then read and delete the individual messages as it
To undigestify a message, select it and then type `M-x
undigestify-rmail-message'. This copies each submessage as a separate
Rmail message and inserts them all following the digest. The digest
message itself is flagged as deleted.
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