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Re: [Nmh-workers] MH-W intro/help request

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] MH-W intro/help request
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:34:46 -0500

>So, the result of all of this is that I'm forming a model which suggests
>maybe I should ask if we could have ... I'm not sure what to call it ...
>a "-nocheck" switch which would not need to check the folder nor
>update any sequences, and would be allowed to simply fail if you tried
>to use a relative or sequence-based message ID.

I was kind of hoping that my earlier message explained that this is not
easy.  It would actually be a major change that would touch every nmh
program, as it would require some fundamental changes to the current API.
It's not impossible but it would require a lot of work.  It's not work
I am personally interested in doing; like I said, if someone ELSE wants
to tackle it, I say more power to them!  And we will likely make the
improvements we discussed to pick.

But, I think Paul Fox has the right answer: simply use the -file
argument to things like mhlist. "show" ends up calling mhl, which
also just takes a filename (or it calls mhshow, but that also takes a
filename).  You won't be able to get around a folder scan when using
mark, unfortunately, but I would be willing to add an option to make an
"exploded" list (one that wasn't condensed into ranges).


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