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Re: [Nmh-workers] The attach feature

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] The attach feature
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:11:02 -0400

>Maybe there shouldn't be a separate attach man page, but that doesn't
>seem like a compelling reason, It just says that it shouldn't be in
>man/man1 but possibly man/man7, See man 7 intro.

Okay, I could see that.  Maybe we really need a man page which spells out
all of the various MIME stuff in nmh, and attach could be part of that.
I was also reminded of mh-chart.1, and that's not a command so clearly
the rule about pages in .1 only being commands is not hard and fast.

>Granted that what goes on under the hood (relationship of attach to send etc.)
>needs documentation, there ought to be documentation for the user-clod like me,
>who sees the attach facility as a separate entity. It should include such 
>as: (these are examples)

It sounds like you know exactly what needs written.  So ... want to write
it?  You don't have to know anything about git; I'll gladly take care
of that part.  I'll even do my best to convert plain text to *roff if
you want me to (I can't claim to be the best at *roff, but I can do okay).

>Very naive, stupid question: Why wasn't attach implemented as a shell level
>command. Don't need to know, just curious.

I think Jon answered that question, but it occurs to me that attach could
have been implemented as a shell command and the functionality could have
been linked into whatnow just like we do with "send" today.  But that would
have been more work; I understand why that wasn't done.


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