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Re: [Nmh-workers] header issue, when replying to self

From: David Levine
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] header issue, when replying to self
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 21:21:55 -0500

Paul wrote:

> i get bitten by this several times a year -- perhaps there's a
> way to configure around it.
> i often reply to my own mailing list posts.  when i do so, mh
> attempts to reply to me, cc'ing the original recipient (i.e.,
> the list).   but i think because i'm both the sender and the
> recipient, the To: header ends up missing entirely.  for example,
> here's what the draft looks like if i start to reply to an old
> message i sent to this list:
>     Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] sync'ing an mh mailstore between two machines?
>     cc: address@hidden
>     In-reply-to: <address@hidden>
>     References: <address@hidden> <200805211914.m4L
> JExTY0>
>     Fcc: outbox
>     --------
> needless to say, if i don't notice, and simply send the message,
> it causes great confusion.
> the command i use to reply to a list looks like this, after
> expanding my wrapper scripts:
>     repl -cc to -cc cc -form form.repl.usual <msgnumber>
> the contents of form.repl.usual look like this:
>     %(lit)%(formataddr %<{reply-to}%|%<{from}%|%{sender}%>%>)\
>     %<(nonnull)%(void(width))%(putaddr To: )\n%>\
>     %<{subject}Subject: Re: %{subject}\n%>\
>     %(lit)%(formataddr{to})%(formataddr{cc})%(formataddr(me))\
>     %<(nonnull)%(void(width))%(putaddr cc: )\n%>\
>     %;
>     %; Make References: and In-reply-to: fields for threading.
>     %; Use (void), (trim) and (putstr) to eat trailing whitespace.
>     %;
>     %<{message-id}In-reply-to: %{message-id}\n%>\
>     %<{message-id}References: \
>     %<{references}%(void{references})%(trim)%(putstr) %>\
>     %(void{message-id})%(trim)%(putstr)\n%>\
>     Reply-to: address@hidden
>     Fcc: outbox
>     --------
> i've just done a scan of the repl and mh-format man pages to see
> what might cause, or fix, this, but i'm missing it if it's there.
> any ideas?

I add -cc me when replying to my own messages and suppress
the second copy (see below) by using -query.  Inconvenient
and of course doesn't solve the problem.  But maybe it gives
a clue on how to fix it:  -cc me (or -cc all) restores the
To: header.  But that seems like an unintended side effect:
I don't see why -cc should affect To:.

And they also add my login name, even if my reply address is
in my Alternate-Mailboxes.  I don't need two copies of the

I took a quick look at the code in uip/replsbr.c and quick
fixes didn't jump out at me.  Maybe it would be best to
maintain the current behavior and add another -cc option,
but I have yet to figure out how the current code works.


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