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Re: [Nmh-workers] A question for the nmh historians

From: Jerry Peek
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] A question for the nmh historians
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 13:56:18 -0700 (PDT)

--- On  Wed, 18 May 2005 07:25:54 -0700, Jon Steinhart wrote:
> Jerry wrote:
> > I'm also confused about why you say
> > the MHCONTEXT machanism wasn't working properly when the other
> > user had cur as a public sequence.  All of my folders have cur
> > as a public sequence; changing MHCONTEXT hasn't been a problem. (?)
> A primary reason to use MHCONTEXT is so that you can have mh programs
> operate independently.
> a public cur
> sequence is stored in the .mh_profile, not in the context file.  So
> it's impossible to completely break the context interaction.  The
> folder will be independent but the message won't.
> This seems like a bug, or at least something poorly thought out to
> me.

Thanks for explaining, Jon.  I haven't given it a lot of thought before
now.  Neil pointed out that "Only the account that owns the particular
folder is allowed to update the public sequences, even though group
permissions should allow the other account to update."  Maybe those two
pieces are related in some way?  Any early MH hackers on the list --
John Romine, Marshall Rose, or anyone -- do you remember details?

BTW, I think you meant that a public cur sequence is stored in the
.mh_sequences, not the .mh_profile.  (If I remember right, though,
wasn't some sequence or context info originally stored in .mh_profile??
 If my memory is right about that, it's been a while!)


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