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Re: [Nmh-workers] mhstore -auto and nmh-storage

From: David Levine
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mhstore -auto and nmh-storage
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 23:15:11 -0500

Joel wrote:

> According to mhstore(1)'s man page, setting nmh-storage in my
> .mh_profile will cause mhstore to put MIME attachments into the
> directory given as the value of nmh-storage instead of the current
> directory. It seems that this does not work in conjunction with the
> -auto option for mhstore. When -auto is given, the attachments are
> written to the current directory, regardless.
> Is this intentional? a bug? It would be nice if it were possible to
> save attachments with their given names, but to a preset directory.

It looks intentional:

     * Check for the directory in which to
     * store any contents.
    if (autosw)
        dir = getcpy (cwd);
    else if ((cp = context_find (nmhstorage)) && *cp)
        dir = getcpy (cp);
        dir = getcpy (cwd);

That's in store_all_messages () in mhstoresbr.c.  I don't
know what the motivation was.  According to the mhstore
man page, -auto is ignored under some conditions, and
"it is recommended that you do NOT put the -auto switch
in your .mh_profile."  So I don't know why it's favored
over nmh-storage.  Just a guess, but maybe nmh-storage
was added later and this approach minimized its impact.


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