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Re: [Nmh-workers] mhlist(1) Alters Current Message.

From: norm
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mhlist(1) Alters Current Message.
Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2013 04:39:03 -0800

address@hidden writes:
>Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> writes:
>>>As documented, mhlist(1) sets the current message to the last of those
>>>it lists.  I find that odd, considering mhlist(1) to be similar to
>>>scan(1) as mhshow(1) is to show(1);  scan doesn't alter cur.
>>I guess I can understand that perspective, but I do things like this a lot:
>>% mhlist 999
>>% mhstore -part 2.1
>>To me, the natural order of scan(1) is that it'snormally looking at
>>multiple messages. mhlist(1) is closer to mhshow(1) for me; something
>>that displays more detailed information about a message, in a format
>>that's designed for single message view.  I mean, yeah, you can
>>mhlist(1) multiple messages, but you can mhshow(1) multiple message as
>What Ken said.

Another way of looking at this,is the default when no message sequences or
message numbers are given. With scan, the default is to scan everything. With
show and mhshow the the default is to show just the current message.

That is, scan is thought of as applying to multiple messages, even though it
can apply to just a single message, but show and mhshow are thought of as
applying to single messages even though they can apply to multiple messages.

    Norman Shapiro

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