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Re: [Nmh-workers] things still to fix for this release?

From: Harald Geyer
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] things still to fix for this release?
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 17:03:10 +0100

> I just wrote this in the savannah BTS:
> I think the idea is that environment variables in uppercase are
> user-settable, and lowercase ones are set only to communicate information
> from one part of nmh to another. The explanatory text generally says 'this
> is set [by dist/comp/etc]' rather than 'you can specify'.
> It's clear from the code that whatnow does check the envariable; I assume
> the original reporter found setting it had no effect because it was
> overridden by whatever other bit of nmh was invoking whatnow.
> My suggestion is that we should add something to the mh-profile manpage,
> explaining this convention and that lowercase envariables aren't
> user-settable. We could probably also put something more of a separator
> between them and the user-settable envariables.
> Or am I completely off-beam?

I guess you are right. All other lowercase envariables have explicit 
descriptions about which programs set them. I suggest to change
"This  is  set  to tell the whatnowproc the user's choice of editor" to
"This is set by comp, repl, forw, and dist to tell the whatnowproc ..."

Do you think this is clear enough?


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