Changeset 3969e3a for doc


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Dec 29, 2002, 9:10:00 AM (18 years ago)
Author:
James M. Kretchmar <kretch@mit.edu>
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    3030Owl will run happily without a configfile, so to get started just run
    31 the program.  Owl will take over the terminal window it's started in,
    32 so you may wish to have another terminal around at the same time.
    33 
    34 On Athena you can find owl in the ktools locker.  So to run it you can
    35 type:
     31the program.  Owl will take over the terminal window it is started in,
     32so you may wish to have another terminal window available at the same
     33time.
     34
     35On Athena you can find owl in the ktools locker.  To run it, type:
    3636
    3737        add ktools
     
    3939
    4040at the Athena% prompt.  If you wish to run the latest beta release of
    41 owl type 'owl-beta' instead of 'owl'.
     41owl use:
     42
     43        add ktools
     44        owl-beta
     45
     46instead.
    4247
    4348The Screen Layout
     
    4550There are three main parts to the owl screen.  The large top portion
    4651of the screen is where zephyrs are displayed.  The status bar
    47 separates this area from the one below and displays some status
    48 information.  The space below that is used to type in messages and is
     52separates this area from the one below and displays owl status
     53information.  The space below that is used to type messages and is
    4954also used by owl to give warnings and information to the user.
    5055
     
    5358Owl has a full on line help system.  Pressing the 'h' key will bring
    5459up the basic help screen.  Further help can be obtained using the help
    55 command.
     60command, described later.
    5661
    5762Sending a Zephyr
     
    6974Manipulating Messages
    7075---------------------
    71 When there are one or more zephyrs in the message window, one of them
    72 will be the 'current' message.  Owl will indicate which one it is with
    73 an arrow that looks like this: -> .  The following keys will move you
    74 to different messages:
     76When there are zephyrs in the message window, one of them will be the
     77'current' message.  Owl will indicate which one it is with an arrow
     78that looks like this: -> The following keys will move you to different
     79messages:
    7580
    7681        n               move to the next non-deleted message
     
    100105
    101106If you would like to respond to a zephyr sent to you there is a reply
    102 shortcut.
     107shortcut:
    103108
    104109        r               Reply.  Personal zephyrs get a personal reply,
     
    126131        w               instruct netscape to visit a URL in the message
    127132
    128 
    129133Other Functions
    130134----------------
    131 Some other funcions that can be performed with a single keystroke:
     135Some other functions that can be performed with a single keystroke:
    132136
    133137        A               toggle zaway on or off
     
    137141Command Mode
    138142------------
    139 Owl has a command mode where you can enter more detailed commands for
    140 owl to process.  To enter command mode press the colon (':') key:
     143Owl has a command mode from which you can enter more detailed commands
     144for owl to process.  To enter command mode press the colon (':') key:
    141145
    142146        :               begin command mode
     
    146150There are many commands.  The basic commands are listed on the basic
    147151help screen (by pressing 'h').  If you'd like a list of all commands
    148 you can use the command "show commands".  To get detailed information
    149 on the syntax and use of a command you can use the command 'help
    150 <command>' as in:
    151 
    152         help zwrite
     152you can use the command:
     153
     154        show commands
     155
     156And for detailed information on the syntax and use of a command you
     157can use:
     158
     159        help <command>
     160
     161For example "help zwrite" will display all the options available when
     162using the zwrite command.
    153163
    154164Variables
    155165---------
    156 
    157166Owl has a number of internal variables that can be used to change the
    158167behavior the program.  The 'print' command will let you view the value
     
    167176
    168177will show you the current value.  The 'print' command with no
    169 arguments will show you the value of all variables.  A list of all
    170 variables is available on the basic help screen, or by using the
    171 command "show variables".  The command "show variable <variablename>"
    172 will show you detailed information about a variable and how to use it.
    173 As in:
    174 
    175         show variable personalbell
     178arguments:
     179
     180        print
     181
     182Owl will show you the value of all variables.  You can also use
     183
     184        show variables
     185        show variable <variable>
     186
     187To display further information on owl variables.
     188
     189Views
     190-----
     191Owl always displays a current "view" of messages.  The view describes
     192which set of messages should be included on the display.  The default
     193view is called "all" and includes every message.  However, you can
     194narrow the view to a particular set of zephyrs:
     195
     196        M-n             Narrow view to the selected conversation
     197        M-N             Narrow view to selected conversation by instance
     198        V               Return to the home view (the 'all' view)
     199        X               Expunge messages and return to home view
     200
     201If you press M-n while the pointer is on a personal zephyr, the view
     202will be narrowed to the conversation with that user only.  If used on
     203a class zephyr the conversation will be narrowed to that class, with
     204a few special exceptions like class MESSAGE.
     205
     206There are also some owl commands related to views:
     207
     208        viewclass <class>     Narrow the view to the named class
     209        viewuser <user>       Narrow the view to the named user
     210
     211More information on views and how they work is included in the section
     212on "FILTERS AND COLORS".
     213
     214==========================================
     215Section 3: KEYBINDINGS AND COMMAND ALIASES
     216==========================================
     217
    176218
    177219=============================
    178 Section 3: FILTERS AND COLORS
     220Section 4: FILTERS AND COLORS
    179221=============================
    180222
     
    182224
    183225==========================
    184 Section 4: THE CONFIG FILE
     226Section 5: THE CONFIG FILE
    185227==========================
    186228
     
    222264
    223265==============================
    224 Section 5: FURTHER INFORMATION
     266Section 6: FURTHER INFORMATION
    225267==============================
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