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Re: [Nmh-workers] Non-attachment related request

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Non-attachment related request
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 11:45:49 -0800

David Levine writes:
> Jon wrote:
> > Don't know if anybody knows why this happens or cares enough to fix it,
> > but every once in a while I have to go into my Mail directory and remove
> > piles of mhshow and post temporary files.  Would probably better to put
> > these into /tmp where they would automatically be cleaned up by regular
> > automatic system maintenance.
> I wonder why you have piles of those files, esp. from mhshow?
> Do you kill it rather than let it terminate gracefully?  In
> any case, that should be fixed.
> And post should only leave droppings when it fails.
> The nmh-storage profile component can be set to put some,
> but maybe not all, tmp files wherever you specify, see
> mhstore(1).  But it will have the possibly undesired, in
> this case, effect of causing mhstore to write its files in
> the same directory.  Instead of using nmh-storage for tmp
> files, maybe we should use MHTMPDIR/TMPDIR/TMP?
> David

Yes, I do kill things lots of times.  It's one of the annoyances of the way
that nmh handles attachments for which I have proposed changes but not had
the time on which to do the work.  Let's say that I have things configured
to display attached images.  Some mailers lard up messages with all sorts
of tiny images, like one for every social media site in existence.  It's
easier for me to hit ^C than it is to navigate over to the image viewer and
kill each one.

Oh, I guess that I said that this wasn't about attachments :)

BTW, this reminds me, this is also the reason why I grumble about having nmh
make everything a MIME message by default.  I seem to recall that it's very
hard or impossible to make pagers work properly, especially if you want to pipe
the output into something.


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