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Re: [Nmh-workers] mh-format multiply function

From: David Levine
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mh-format multiply function
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:08:25 -0500

Norm wrote:

> David Levine <address@hidden> writes:
> >Norm wrote:
> >>
> >> I would be content to just ignore the exit status.
> >
> >I don't think that's a good idea.
> If it's not too much trouble for you, I'd like to understand why
> this is so.

In general, if something goes wrong, the user should be
informed.  Especially here, given that a user has a lot of
flexibility in what they can put into a format.  And it's
for the user to put something in that doesn't do what they
mean.  While it might not (but could) be a huge problem when
showing a message, I'm more concerned about outgoing
messages.  Something might get left out, or put in
inadvertently, due to unexpected format behavior.  While
it's my responsibility to look at every character in every
outgoing message, as messages get bigger and more complex,
that gets harder.  I'd like all the help I can get from the

> It might make a good M.S. history thesis to find out why it wasn't
> there already.

I was wondering about it, too.  Here's the commit that added divide,
but not multiply:

  revision 1.2
  date: 1990/02/21 15:39:50;  author: sources;  state: Exp;  lines: +71 -61
  Fixes from Van Jacobson


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