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Re: [Nmh-workers] The attach feature

From: norm
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] The attach feature
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:51:23 -0700

Jon Steinhart <address@hidden> writes:

>Attach was "implemented as part of whatnow" because that seemed to be the place
>to put it for one who uses comp/repl/forw/etc. like I do and I implemented it.
>It couldn't be done as a shell command combined with the above because that
>would have meant you'd have to leave the editor, suspend whatnow, run an attach
>command, resume whatnow, and then send.  Cumbersome to say the least.

Of historical interest:

Whatnow now has features not available to shell users. This represents, the 
perhaps inevitable, denouement of an argument I lost decades ago. I believed 
then, and believe now, that the whatnow feature was a mistake; that the correct 
interface between mh and the user is the shell.

It's  surprising that it took thirty five years.

     Norman Shapiro

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