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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh in near, medium, and far-term

From: Jon Fairbairn
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh in near, medium, and far-term
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2011 10:17:37 +0000
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Oliver Kiddle <address@hidden> writes:

> Jon Fairbairn wrote:
>> Long ago, before mh I used an email system that stored email in
>> files with unique ids, which suggests a way to do this. Switch
>> to storing messages in (say) date-named accession order folders
>> with unique filenames (derived from the message-id, or simply
>> accession numbers) while the mh folders would contain symlinks
>> to these with numeric names as now. So (to continue the example)
>> sortm would not rename any message files, but just rearrange the
>> symlinks.
> If you're going to do that, you might aswell name the files using an
> SHA hash. It's not like mail files change often.

That would upset things, because mh /does/ change mail files. I
messages to stay in the same place (eg repl -annotate, which I
have as default behaviour for repl).

> The idea makes me wonder if git could be used as a mailstore.
> With a blob for each message and tag-blobs for classifying
> messages. Could be nice if you can push and pull mail between
> machines.

That does have a certain appeal.

Jón Fairbairn                                 address@hidden

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