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Re: [Nmh-workers] Responding to calendar requests

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Responding to calendar requests
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:00:48 -0400

>I suspect your problem is the "I've always viewed wrappers to programs like
>repl as working around deficiencies." attitude - that's wrong - building upon
>existing tools is the unix way, and MH has always provided a good base to
>build upon for things like this.

Well, I should have clarified that.

I didn't mean that you shouldn't embed MH commands in scripts.  I was
more thinking about wrappers to handle something that MH can't do,
specifically in the arena of MIME processing.  Your example doesn't need
to act on the contents of the messages; that makes a big difference.
That's why I did the work to make replyfilter possible.  I felt (and
still feel) something that wrapped repl to do MIME preprocessing was the
wrong approach there (and I think there was broad consensus on that;
people have been complaining about that for a long time).  MH always
was good dealing with things on a per-message level, but the body of
the message was always (for the most part) an opaque blob; that's where
things don't work so well.

So, this leads to some other questions; do people think a hypothetical
"replcal" program should just be a wrapper script?  Something that
extracts out a text/calendar content and build a reply message?  If
that's what people think, then I'm fine with that.  That sounds like
something that's perfect for contrib.  Or should it be something that
happens as an alternate replyfilter script?  I guess what I wondering
is - if you get a message with a calendar invitation in it, what would
you, as a user, _like_ to happen?


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