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Re: [Nmh-workers] cleaning out the cobwebs

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] cleaning out the cobwebs
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:53:48 +0000

Jon Steinhart wrote:
>> Any attempt to rewrite or replace it ought to be preceded by the buildup
>> of the kind of test suite mentioned in the comments in m_getfld.c and
>> subsequently (alas) lost to history. (Some of the code in test/tests/inc
>> is trying to make a start on that.) But if you just want to make nmh's
>> handling of MIME or attachments better or improve its UI, you don't need
>> to spend time doing anything with m_getfld anyway.

>This made sense to me until the last sentence.  The particular changes that I
>want to make involve parsing the mime stuff inside of the 822 style message
>bodies.  I suppose that you could argue that I should make a new function that
>would parse the bodies.  Maybe that's the way to go.

Yes. m_getfld will give you the body text (in a series of chunks
the size of the buffer you hand it, IIRC) and what you do with
it after that is up to you. This is how nmh's existing MIME
handling code works. (I suppose you could propose replacing
m_getfld completely with something with a different and MIME
aware API, but that would be an extensive project...)

-- PMM

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