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

From: norm
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] mh-format multiply function
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:44:32 -0800

David Levine <address@hidden> writes:
>Norm wrote:
>> mh-format constitutes a real barrier to "All power to the user", for
>> all but the most sophisticated of users.
>As long as everything works out of the box, I don't think that's
>a problem.  At least not a problem that should be addressed by
>adding more options and code.  I agree with Ken that providing
>more examples is the way to go.
>> The option would be -exec procedure_name, or if you like, -eval
>> procedure_name. If present, then procedure_name would be invoked for
>> each message. procedure_name's stdout would completely replace each
>> scan line.
>Why not pipe the output of scan/inc through a program that calls
>procedure_name?  For mhshow, replace mhlproc and/or moreproc?
>> For each component, comp, of a message, it would define an
>> environment variable, NMH_FORMAT_comp, whose value was the content
>> of that component.
>That's a messy interface.  Should NMH_FORMAT_Received, for
>example, contain some kind of flattened string array?  And
>environment variables are case sensitive, so should that be
>or something else?  I think this just trades one form of
>messiness for another.

I give up.

    Norman Shapiro

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