37.15 Editing Within a Message
Most of the usual Emacs commands are available in Rmail mode, though a
few, such as C-M-n and C-M-h, are redefined by Rmail for
other purposes. However, the Rmail buffer is normally read only, and
most of the letters are redefined as Rmail commands. If you want to
edit the text of a message, you must use the Rmail command e.
- Edit the current message as ordinary text.
The e command (
rmail-edit-current-message) switches from
Rmail mode into Rmail Edit mode, another major mode which is nearly the
same as Text mode. The mode line indicates this change.
In Rmail Edit mode, letters insert themselves as usual and the Rmail
commands are not available. When you are finished editing the message and
are ready to go back to Rmail, type C-c C-c, which switches back to
Rmail mode. Alternatively, you can return to Rmail mode but cancel all the
editing that you have done, by typing C-c C-].
Entering Rmail Edit mode runs the hook
text-mode-hook; then it
runs the hook
rmail-edit-mode-hook (see Hooks). It adds the
attribute ‘edited’ to the message. It also displays the full
headers of the message, so that you can edit the headers as well as the
body of the message, and your changes in the headers will be