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Re: [Nmh-workers] [PATCH] scan message numbers from stdin

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] [PATCH] scan message numbers from stdin
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:55:29 -0400

simon wrote:
 > Eric Gillespie wrote:
 > > We'll see.  I'll start with show; do you have any other commands
 > > in mind?  I'm just not feeling foo | refile; I don't see any way
 > > it's better than refile `foo`, unlike scan and show, where you
 > > want to see immediate output.
 > One obvious case with `foo` is where the output of foo will exceed the
 > argv space available.  For that case, "foo | refile -" would still work,
 > but then "foo | xargs refile" would too.  This probably isn't a problem
 > today for any reasonable OS but I'm still scarred by Ultrix's 20kB

it's not a problem for the OS, but it's certainly a problem for mh:

  $ pick all | wc -l
  $ refile +foo all
  refile: more than 998 messages for /bin/rm exec

but i suppose "foo | refile -" isn't going to change that.

 paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 70.9 degrees)

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