GNU Mailutils Manual (split by node):   Section:   Chapter:FastBack: Programs   Up: Composing Mail   FastForward: Libraries   Contents: Table of ContentsIndex: Function Index Quitting Compose Mode

There are several commands allowing you to quit the compose mode.

Typing the end-of-file character (‘C-D’) on a line alone finishes compose mode and sends the message to its destination. The ‘C-D’ character looses its special meaning if ignoreeof mail variable is set.

If mail variable dot is set, typing dot (‘.’) on a line alone achieves the same effect as ‘C-D’ above.

Finally, using ‘~.’ escape always quits compose mode and sends out the composed message.

To abort composing of a message without sending it, type interrupt character (by default, ‘C-C’) twice. This behavior is disabled when mail variable ignore is set. In this case, you can use ‘~x’ escape to achieve the same effect.