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Re: [Nmh-workers] inc, slocal, procmail, ...

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] inc, slocal, procmail, ...
Date: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:23:12 -0500

>> > 1) Local delivery from the MTA
>> > 2) Fetch mail from the local maildrop
>> > 3) Fetch mail from POP, IMAP and all the other methods supported by
>> > fetchmail
>> > 4) Accept mail from a third party program (i.e. be an mda for
>> > fetchmail)
>> I think this is all great; we just need someone to write the code :-/
>At the other extreme, what's wrong with inc(1) handling nothing but 2
>above?  The other things are others' problems that they can concentrate
>on and do well.

So I don't quite know where the line should be drawn.  But here's my
feelings on the topic.

- nmh should offer basic funtionality out of the box; adding other packages
  can add functionality, but you should be able to do the basic job of sending
  and receiving email without them.

- The first two ways of receiving email are fast becoming extremely rare.

- Saying, "Hey, we're an MUA that you should try out, except that we can't
  actually RECEIVE email, you have to use this third-party program",
  seems kinda wrong to me.

- We don't have to do everything that fetchmail does; I'm happy with a
  basic subset that most other MUAs support.

Obviously this a issue on which reasonable people can disagree.


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