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Re: [Nmh-workers] mhfixmsg invocation

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mhfixmsg invocation
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:12:26 -0500

david wrote:
 > Paul F. wrote:
 > > i'm having a bit of trouble understanding how to integrate mhfixmsg
 > > into my workflow.
 > >
 > > i'd like to automatically run mhfixmsg on all mail, and, therefore,
 > > keep a backup of messages that it processes.  since i kind of abhor
 > > the ,nnn style of mh backups, i'd like to keep the mhfixmsg backups in
 > > a separate folder.  i think i can do this by setting mhfixmsg's
 > > rmmproc to a command that does something like:
 > >     cp $* $(mhpath +mhfixbackup new)
 > > is there a better way?
 > Not that I can think of, though I use the procmail approach so
 > haven't thought too much about it.
 > > mhfixmg by default will only act on 'cur', leaving the
 > > others unprocessed.  (i suppose "inc && mhfixmsg unseen" would work, at
 > > the cost of re-checking messages that i've manually added back into
 > > the unseen sequence.)
 > The cost of re-checking is so low that I would go that route.

that's likely what i'll do, though i'll investigate the procmail
technique some more, as well.

 > Alternatively, something like this (completely untested)?
 >     msgs=`inc -format '%(msg)'`  &&  [ -n "$msgs" ]  &&  mhfixmsg $msgs

but then i'd lose the default output of inc.

 > Let me know what you settle on and I'll update the man page.
 > > finally -- it feels like mhfixmsg should always add a new
 > > "X-mhfixmsg-was-here" header when it modifies a message, which would
 > > let me know that there is (or was) another version of the message file
 > > floating around somewhere.  was this considered?
 > No.  Off hand, I'm not fond of it.  You can do that with anno if
 > you want.

does mhfixmsg report (via exit code) whether it actually did anything
or not?  the man page doesn't say.  if not, using anno would be


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