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Re: [Nmh-workers] Back to Dates

From: norm
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Back to Dates
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 07:02:50 -0800

Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> writes:
>>In the meantime, would somebody be willing to send me one that does
>>elapsed time? I don't much care about the time unit, though I prefer
>Here you go.  This comes courtesy of Oliver Kiddle; he sent this to me
>in private email, but he did say he's fine with me making it more widely
>available.  This is actually a line from a mhl file, but it should be
>easy to adapt this to other places:
>%<(rclock{text})%<(gt 8596800)%| - \
>%<(gt 84600)%(void (plus 43200))%(divide 86400) day\
>%?(gt 3300)%(void (plus 1800))%(divide 3600) hour\
>%|%(void (plus 30))%(divide 60) minute%>%<(gt 1)s%> ago%>%>]%>"
>This produces output like:
>Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:46:11 -0500
>[16:46 - 97 days ago]
>But there is a cutoff for messages older than 100 days (that's the
>(gt 8596800) part); after that it just shows the time.  But I'll leave
>the fine-tuning as an exercise for the reader :-)  It actually shouldn't
>be hard with some reading of the mh-format man page and fmttest.

Well... I'm trying.

If I put your recipe in /t/form1 (attached) and do

        /usr/local/nmh/bin/scan  -form /t/form1 22

where 22 is your message.

I get


and nothing else.

So, clearly, I'm doing something wrong.  Evidently you didn't intend
your recipe to be a format file. But, then, what did you intend it to be?

    Norman Shapiro

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