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Re: [Nmh-workers] Maybe time for a new release?

From: Lyndon Nerenberg
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Maybe time for a new release?
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2016 18:29:00 -0800

> On Mar 8, 2016, at 6:19 PM, Ken Hornstein <address@hidden> wrote:
> Let me explain my larger view.  I know lots of people still want to be
> able to use Unix text processing utilities on a MH store.  But I hate
> to be the the one who has to explain this ... that hasn't been a realistic
> goal since the advent of MIME.  The model that "email is text" just
> isn't valid anymore.

No, that's not true. We could decode on inc(1) to UTF-8. Every other MUA 
(effectively) does that these days.

Yes, I have argued for and against this in the past, specifically against the 
crypto-signature-breakage.  But really, what are the odds?  I would rather we 
decode all the MIME-encoding crap, and wherever possible, translate text/* to 
utf-8 according to the charset parameter indications in the mime part.  This 
means grep(1) continues to work.

I will deal with grep facing binary message blobs.  I can strings <msg> | grep 
foo to get around that.  Strings can't fix QP or base64.


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