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Re: [Nmh-workers] The invisible mail folder

From: Joel Reicher
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] The invisible mail folder
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 17:10:38 +1100

> Norm sayeth:
> >NO. I'm not quite happy with that, in that I would prefer that
> >
> >    + foobar
> >
> >mean the same thing as +foobar. That way wild card expansion in shell script
> s
> >and file name completion in interactive shells would be much easier.
> No, MH semantics shuold be isolated from the shell's and foo + barFolder is
> broken.

I think those are two different issues that should not be conflated.

I agree that MH semantics should not be compromised by shell semantics,
but it isn't clear that anything in MH is being compromised by permitting
"+ folder". Quite the reverse, in fact; having those semantics does not
force their use, and is only going to make a (beneficial) difference
to any who want them.

The only problem I can see is if "+ somestring" had somestring being
a sequence name (or message number), and the user actually wanted both
the "+" to mean the folder root, and the "somestring" to mean a message
spec. I think this is so unusual that it's not something we should cater


        - Joel

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