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[Nmh-workers] mh and mairix and numerically named folders

From: Paul Fox
Subject: [Nmh-workers] mh and mairix and numerically named folders
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:30:21 -0500

yesterday i had reason to create a folder with an all-numeric name.  i
hesitated, but decided it would probably be just fine, and it did seem
to work.  nmh has no problems with it that i can see.

but when mairix ran overnight, to update the mairix database, i got
this error:
    Cannot add '/home/pgf/Mail/./8020' to database; stat() failed

as far as i can tell, by skimming the mairix source, mairix is
assuming that since the name is numeric that it must be a message
file, and the (erroneous) error message isn't because the stat()
failed, but because the referenced path isn't a regular file.

so my question, before i report this as a limitation with mairix:  is
there any reason that an MH folder shouldn't have an all-numeric name? 
i did grep the man pages a bit, but didn't find a specification for
folder names

 paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 53.4 degrees)

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