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Rmail has several commands that use Mail mode to send mail. *Note
Sending Mail::, for information on using Mail mode. Only the special
commands of Rmail for entering Mail mode are documented here. Note
that the usual keys for sending mail, `C-x m' and `C-x 4 m', are
available in Rmail mode and work just as they usually do.
Send a message (`rmail-mail').
Continue editing already started outgoing message
Send a reply to the current Rmail message (`rmail-reply').
Forward current message to other users (`rmail-forward').
To reply to a the message you are reading in Rmail, type `r'
(`rmail-reply'). This displays the `*mail*' buffer in another window,
much like `C-x 4 m', but pre-initializes the `Subject', `To', `CC', and
`In-reply-to' header fields based on the message you reply to. The
`To' field is given the sender of that message, and the `CC' gets all
the recipients of that message. Recipients that match elements of the
list `rmail-dont-reply-to' are omitted; by default, this list contains
your own mailing address.
Once you have initialized the `*mail*' buffer this way, sending the
mail goes as usual (Note: Sending Mail.). You can edit the
presupplied header fields if they are not what you want.
One additional Mail mode command is available when you invoke mail
from Rmail: `C-c C-y' (`mail-yank-original') inserts into the outgoing
message a copy of the current Rmail message. Normally this is the
message you are replying to, but you can also switch to the Rmail
buffer, select a different message, switch back, and yank the new
current message. Normally the yanked message is indented four spaces
and has most header fields deleted from it; an argument to `C-c C-y'
specifies the amount to indent. `C-u C-c C-y' neither indents the
message nor deletes any header fields.
Another frequent reason to send mail in Rmail is to forward the
current message to other users. `f' (`rmail-forward') makes this easy
by preinitializing the `*mail*' buffer with the current message as the
text and a subject designating a forwarded message. All you have to do
is fill in the recipients and send.
You can use the `m' (`rmail-mail') command to start editing an
outgoing message that is not a reply. It leaves the header fields
empty. Its only difference from `C-x 4 m' is that it makes the Rmail
buffer accessible for `C-c y', just as `r' does. Thus `m' can be used
to reply to or forward a message; it can do anything `r' or `f' can do.
The `c' (`rmail-continue') command resumes editing the `*mail*'
buffer, to finish editing an outgoing message you were already
composing, or to alter a message you have sent.
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