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Re: [Nmh-workers] What is MH ? (was: exciting new stuff for 2.0 (IMAP pr

From: Valdis . Kletnieks
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] What is MH ? (was: exciting new stuff for 2.0 (IMAP proposal))
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 01:56:10 -0500

On Mon, 09 Jan 2006 20:13:56 +0700, Robert Elz said:

> The suggestion to make an IMAP filesystem (as linux centric as the
> original suggestion was) is clearly the direction that would allow
> MH and IMAP to work together properly.   Embedding IMAP knowledge into
> show, next, scan, pick, refile, ... just fails to meet almost any useful
> objective.

The Obviously Correct Way to approach this would be (on a Linux system anyhow)
a back-end for a FUSE filesystem.


Doing this would be a *lot* more sensible than trying to hack IMAP function
into the nmh source tree. The basic idea is that you'd do something like:

fusermount imapserver:userid ~/Mail/imap_dir

and then if you did 'scan +imap_dir/folder3 last', the FUSE code would see
all the references to ~/Mail/imap_dir/folder3/* and issue the correct IMAP
calls behind the scenes...

And of course, 'grep -i foo23 ~/Mail/imap_dir/folder3/*' will behave as
expected as wel.....

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