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Re: [Nmh-workers] selecting text over html

From: Oliver Kiddle
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] selecting text over html
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 19:14:26 +0200

Jerry Peek wrote:
> 2) Use commands like these:
>      $ mhlist
>       msg part  type/subtype              size description
>       1750      multipart/alternative     6632
>            1    text/html                 4651
>            2    text/plain                1819
>      $ mhshow -part 2

That reminds me. Does anyone know why, when I do mhshow -part 1 for
multipart/alternative messages, I typically get the following:

mhshow: don't know how to display any of the contents
        (content multipart/alternative in message 49)

If I add a -form option (-form mhl.headers or -form mhl.null), it seems
to work. However, if I get a message of the following format, not even
the -form option can help.

 msg part  type/subtype              size description                         
 162       multipart/mixed            14K
     1     multipart/alternative      14K
     1.1   text/html                  10K
     1.2   text/plain                2602
     2     text/plain                 134

This typically occurs where a multipart/alternative message is sent to a
mailing list where the list server adds a signature (the final

I know that I can do stuff like -part 1.2 but it'd be nice to be able to
just do -part 1 and have it handle multipart/alternative in the normal
way. I've never liked the way nmh opens all attachments automatically
so I use '-part 1' in my script to have it just open the first part of


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