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Re: [Nmh-workers] Questionable code - the bigger picture

From: Chris Garrigues
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Questionable code - the bigger picture
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 16:11:59 -0500

> From:  Ken Hornstein <address@hidden>
> Date:  Mon, 16 May 2005 14:30:40 -0400
> So, I guess my general point is: I think that anyone who wants to do
> _any_ work on nmh, should just Do it and commit it to the tree

As a kibitzer who doesn't have the C skills to contribute to nmh, but has 
contributed tcl to exmh, I'd like to second this.  On exmh, Brent has left a 
very free hand and sometimes people (certainly including myself) have committed 
things that broke functionality, but we somehow have managed to get the fixes 
in so that the code base has been able to improve.  I think nmh needs to have 
people be unafraid to dive in and make some incremental changes.  Rather than 
discussing *what* IMAP means in the context of nmh, someone needs to just 
implement what they think it means.  If it doesn't quite support someone 
else's need, that can be fixed.  If it can't possibly support someone else's 
need, then the project can fork until one approach or the other becomes 
clearly superior.

The most important thing not to break are the frontends (exmh, mhe, etc) but 
let's not be afraid of breaking them in the short term because in the long 
term, whatever problems turn up can be fixed.


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