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Re: [Nmh-workers] 1.5RC3 no longer honors mts.conf localname setting for

From: Bill Wohler
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] 1.5RC3 no longer honors mts.conf localname setting for Message-ID?
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:35:46 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> writes:

>>I must have missed that conversation. I use -msgid for the same reason
>>Tom does.
> Well, you're only ... 5 months out of date? :-)  Only thing you have to
> really pay attention to is your components files, if you aren't using
> the defaults.

6 months, actually. I took a vacation day yesterday so I could get
caught up :-).

>>[Desperately trying to catch up on old mail before installing 1.5 and
>>adapting MH-E this long weekend and wondering what's going to become of
>>the -msgid flag when I do that...]
> It's still there and works fine.

Great, thanks!

> The next release of nmh will have
> a -messageid flag to send to let you change how Message-IDs are
> generated.  But -msgid will still be around, and I don't think
> that's going to change ever.  I am letting you know up front that
> if you ask a question about 1.5 that is in the release notes I will
> make fun of you on the list :-)


> This brings up a question I always had back when we had this discussion ...
> what are people keeping those Message-IDs for, anyway?  I remember Ralph
> Corderoy saying that he likes to tell people "I said that in message
> <message-id>" ... I know if I tried that with the people I exchange email
> with, they wouldn't have any idea what I'm talking about.

In general, it makes it easier to find a sent message or a reply to that
message. A specific use case is that sometimes I'll refer to the
Message-ID of a message (sent or received) as a source for additional
information for a task I create in Remember the Milk.

It also turns out to be incredibly handy when replying to a message in
your +outbox since the reply can create a useful In-Reply-To header
field (see below), highlighted in one of two MH-E bug reports involving

    Add Message-ID to outgoing messages

    spost doesn't have -msgid or -mime flags

As a result of the first item, MH-E now calls send -msgid since if you
reply to a message in your outbox that doesn't have a Message-ID, an
In-Reply-To header field is created that breaks threading at the
recipient's end.

Given the demise of spost, I chuckled when I spotted the second item.

Bill Wohler <address@hidden> aka <address@hidden>

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