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Re: [Nmh-workers] Front-end census

From: Claire M. Connelly
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Front-end census
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:01:57 -0800

"o" == otahler  <address@hidden>

    o> The ones I came across so far (though I have not ried them
    o> yet) are: 1) xmh (obsolete, I assume) 2) MH-E 3) exmh 4)
    o> MH-V

I started by using the command-line tools back in... 1990?* with
Emacs as my editor.**  Later I spent some years using exmh, until it
seemed like development had completely stopped, at which point I
looked at mh-e again and found that it would do everything I need.

So I currently use mh-e (for something like 12 years) alongside
the command-line programs, which are particularly handy when you
just want to do a quick check on a message without worrying about

I've tried various other mail clients, including Novell GroupWise
and Eudora during my painful Windows years, but I always end up
coming back to MH/nmh.  It does things by default that many mail
clients don't. (A really simple example I've run into again and
again: aliases -- done right with MH/nmh, not present at all or
clunky on other clients.)

Also, I've occasionally looked at GNU mailutils, as I mostly use
mh-e and it works with them, but I've never been able to figure
out some fundamentals about making it work, which has helped to
keep me using nmh, where everything does just work.

In general, I'd like to recommend MH/nmh to anyone, but I find
that it's just totally inappropriate for most of my end users, who
are used to and expect shiny, OS-native graphical mail clients,
and don't need or don't want to deal with MH/nmh for the
additional power.


   * Holy crap!

   ** Thanks to Jerry Peek when he was at Syracuse University and
      got MH to be the main Unix mail client!

  Claire Connelly                              address@hidden
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  Department of Mathematics                 Harvey Mudd College
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