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Re: [Nmh-workers] Understanding nmh (aka. What's the goal) [ really -att

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Understanding nmh (aka. What's the goal) [ really -attach ]
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 19:24:19 +0000

Jon Steinhart wrote:
> 2.  Create a program a la configure that scans a target system for programs
>     that handle content and build the mhshow stuff automatically.  This
>     can't be hardwired because different things are available on different
>     target systems.

Isn't this just reimplementing mailcap? You want to read it at runtime,
incidentally, because mailcap can be updated as new viewer programs are
installed. Doing anything at configure time that asks "what binaries are
installed" is a bad idea because for packages built by distros the answer
will be "very little in the build environment" and package users could
have anything at all.

-- PMM

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