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Re: [Nmh-workers] cleaning out the cobwebs

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] cleaning out the cobwebs
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 17:03:10 -0700

> >Well, yeah, that is what I'm thinking about.  Seems silly to have m_getfld 
> >call
> >something that sort of looks like m_getfld but is different.  Making it work 
> >down
> >to all of the body parts would in my mind be architecturally better for nmh. 
> > But,
> >as you say, more work.
> So why not create a "new and improved" but robust and backwards-compatible 
> m_getfld
> by a different name to implement the new behavior? It can then be tested for 
> awhile
> with the new features and once it proves reliable, replace the existing calls?
> (perhaps with an experimental build option for "early adopters" to do so now).
> It's a few more steps, but you otherwise seem to get the best of both worlds?
> Modern code for the future without discarding stable spaghetti of the present.

I could do that.  But, as I tried to say earlier, I can't do it because I don't
*really* understand what m_getfld does.  I have a general idea, but not enough
to think that I could really duplicate it easily.


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