It is often useful to insert a snippet of text from a letter that
someone mailed to provide some context for your reply. The command
C-c C-y (
mh-yank-cur-msg) does this by adding an
attribution, yanking a portion of text from the message to which
you're replying, and inserting
mh-ins-buf-prefix (‘> ’)
before each line.
Michael W Thelen <email@example.com> wrote: > Hopefully this gives you an idea of what I'm currently doing. I'm not > sure yet whether I'm completely satisfied with my setup, but it's > worked okay for me so far.
The attribution consists of the sender's name and email address
followed by the content of the option
mh-extract-from-attribution-verb. This option can be set to
‘wrote:’, ‘a écrit:’, and ‘schrieb:’. You can also use
the ‘Custom String’ menu item to enter your own verb.
"> " is the default setting for the option
mh-ins-buf-prefix. I suggest that you not modify this option
since it is used by many mailers and news readers: messages are far
easier to read if several included messages have all been indented by
the same string. This prefix is not inserted if you use one of the
supercite flavors of
mh-yank-behavior or you have added a
mail-citation-hook as described below.
You can also turn on the
option to delete the window containing the original message after
yanking it to make more room on your screen for your reply.
You can control how the message to which you are replying is yanked
into your reply using
mh-yank-behavior. To include the entire
message, including the entire header, use ‘Body and
Use ‘Body’ to yank just the body without the header. To yank only
the portion of the message following the point, set this option to
Choose ‘Invoke supercite’3 to pass the entire message and header through supercite.
If the ‘Body With Attribution’ setting is used, then the message
minus the header is yanked and a simple attribution line is added at
the top using the value of the option
mh-extract-from-attribution-verb. This is the default.
If the ‘Invoke supercite’ or ‘Body With Attribution’
settings are used, the ‘-noformat’ argument is passed to the
repl program to override a ‘-filter’ or ‘-format’
argument. These settings also have ‘Automatically’ variants that
perform the action automatically when you reply so that you don't need
to use C-c C-y at all. Note that this automatic action is only
performed if the show buffer matches the message being replied to.
People who use the automatic variants tend to turn on the option
mh-delete-yanked-msg-window-flag as well so that the show
window is never displayed.
If the show buffer has a region, the option
ignored unless its value is one of ‘Attribution’ variants in
which case the attribution is added to the yanked region.
If this isn't enough, you can gain full control over the appearance of
the included text by setting
mail-citation-hook to a function
that modifies it. This hook is ignored if the option
mh-yank-behavior is set to one of the supercite flavors.
Otherwise, this option controls how much of the message is passed to
the hook. The function can find the citation between point and mark
and it should leave point and mark around the modified citation text
for the next hook function. The standard prefix
mh-ins-buf-prefix is not added if this hook is set.
For example, if you use the hook function
trivial-cite (which is NOT part of Emacs), set
mh-yank-behavior to ‘Body and Header’.
 In the past you would use this setting
mail-citation-hook to ‘supercite’, but this usage
is now deprecated in favor of the ‘Invoke supercite’ setting.
 Supercite is a full-bodied, full-featured, citation package that comes standard with Emacs.