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Re: [Nmh-workers] Hybrid approach

From: bergman
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Hybrid approach
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:16:10 -0500

In the message dated: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:36:04 +0100,
The pithy ruminations from address@hidden on 
<[Nmh-workers] Hybrid approach> were:
=> The recent discussion on the previous thread brought me to a slightly 
=> different train of thoughts: what if I use both Sylpheed/Claws Mail AND 
=> nmh/mailutils? Not at the same time, of course. Originally, the email 

I do that...at the same time. I use Claws Mail.

That approach gives me decent handling of attachments & MIME content,
address completion, and good threading.

I use nmh pretty heavily for searching, filing, and all mail actions from a

I've got Claws-Mail configured to call nmh's "repl", and -- to confuse things
-- I've got "comp" aliased to call Claws-Mail if I'm under an X Windows

=> client that I had chosen was Claws Mail, but then I realized that by 
=> using the MH tools I could do much more, so I changed my mind and 
=> started thinking about using the MH tools (mnh or mailutils) directly, 
=> because I would be able to do much more with them.
=> Now it is dawning upon me that I could use Claws Mail most of the time, 
=> for my day-to-day needs, and nmh/mailutils for my special needs.
=> It would be a hybrid approach, in which the same messages/folders are 
=> used by two different systems: Claws Mail and nmh/mailutils.
=> Has anyone tried anything like this yet? Could I run into some 
=> incompatibilities?

Yes. Claws mail will corrupt the .mh_sequences file.

Nmh operations that change the message order beyond just adding messages to a
folder will slightly confuse Claws mail, but that's easy to deal with by
rescanning the folder[s].

=> Above all, do you think that this approach makes sense?

I think that anyone who can deal with a command-line mail client will be able
to manage with a GUI mail handler, but it's up to you to decide whether the
rough edges are too irritating.

You might want to take a good look at exmh (and I should do that as well). I
used exmh for several years, and it plays much better with nmh, but I finally
gave up on it in order to get better MIME handling and threading, but those
functions may have been improved since.


=> Thanks for the advice
=> Otto
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