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Re: [Nmh-workers] What are and what should be the qualifications for a c

From: Paul Vixie
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] What are and what should be the qualifications for a current nmh user
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:21:29 -0800
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Monday, November 17, 2014 2:10 PM

So, Paul, what would _you_ like nmh to do? Well, yes, I know you would
like for nmh to provide a library for other programs to link against so
you could share your mail store with IMAP servers (and as a result, clients)
and nmh. I'd like that as well ... but I don't seem that happening even
in the medium term (my daughter will presumably go to college in 10 years ...
so maybe then I can start on that?).

in ten years, i'll have time to help you :-).

So, given what you think we can achieve with nmh in a reasonable
timeframe, what would let you make more use of nmh _now_? A store
backend that used IMAP? A store backend that used Maildir, so you could
use it with Dovecot? The latter is probably easier to implement than
the former, although I think the former would be more generally useful.

since dovecot can offer a ~/Maildir store in IMAP format, they amount to the same thing.

a FUSE that allowed ~/Maildir to be a dynamic gateway (with caching and indexing and so on) to ~/Mail, such that i could run dovecot to both deliver incoming mail and access it via IMAP, would make me happy. we might even be able to let ~/Mail remain in pure MH format even while ~/Maildir has all the attachments broken out into separate files/subdirectories in pure 8-bit format. (this would be a ~/Maildir extension, which others could then teach dovecot to look for.)

Paul Vixie

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