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AIX Version 4.3 Commands Reference, Volume 4

prev Command


Shows the previous message.


prev+Folder ] [ -header -noheader ] [ -showproc CommandString -noshowproc ]


The prev command displays the previous message in a folder. The prev command is similar to the show command with the prev value specified.

The prev command passes any flags that it does not recognize to the showproc program.


+Folder Specifies the folder that contains the message you want to show.
-header Displays a one-line description of the message being shown. The description includes the folder name and the message number. This flag is the default.
-help Lists the command syntax, available switches (toggles), and version information.
Note: For Message Handler (MH), the name of this flag must be fully spelled out.
-noheader Prevents display of a one-line description of each message.
-noshowproc Uses the /usr/bin/cat command to list the previous command.
-showproc CommandString Uses the specified command string to perform the listing.

Profile Entries

The following entries are part of the UserMhDirectory/.mh_profile file:

Current-Folder: Sets the default current folder.
Path: Specifies the UserMhDirectory.
showproc: Specifies the program used to show messages.


  1. To display the previous message in the current folder, enter:
    The system responds with a message similar to the following:
    (Message schedule: 10)
    The text of the message is also displayed. In this example, message 10 in the current folder schedule is the previous message.
  2. To show the previous message in the meetings folder, enter:
    prev +meetings
    The system responds with a message similar to the following:
    (Message inbox: 5)
    In this example, message 5 in the meetings folder is the previous message.


$HOME/.mh_profile Contains the MH user profile.
/usr/bin/prev Contains the prev command.

Related Information

The next command, show command.

The mh_alias file format, mh_profile file format.

Mail Overview in AIX Version 4.3 System User's Guide: Communications and Networks.

Peek, Jerry. MH and xmh: E-mail for Users and Programmers. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly & Associates, 1992.

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