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Re: [Nmh-workers] A useless but interesting exercise: Design MH from scr

From: Paul Vixie
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] A useless but interesting exercise: Design MH from scratch in the 2014 context
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:18:49 -0800
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Earl Hood wrote:
On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:44 PM, Paul Vixie wrote:

i would. first, i'd adopt the messages-as-directories model norm gave,
since it supports MIME, where our current model does not. by "support"
i mean i want to use normal UNIX file access to work with my message
store. there is no file-level access to attachments right now, which
means i have to run "mhstore" to turn an opaque black-box attachment
into a UNIX file i can access. mhstore is highly impure by MH's
overall design principles, even though i'm grateful to have it under
the circumstances.

I have mixed feelings about this.  Personally, I want the original, raw
email message left alone and always available.  Extraction of
attachments could still be done, but leave the original.  This allows
preexisting email to be reparsed to leverage newer capabilities of the
MUA, or by other external systems (e.g. digital signature verification).

i can absolutely live with this. i love original messages. in fact i hate the 'anno' command. in today's world there is no reason not to keep both the full original message and also a directory containing that message and its attachments, with all the quoted-printable crud gone.

and lest i be misunderstood -- i love mhstore, i just don't like mhstore very much.


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