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Re: [Nmh-workers] Future directions for nmh

From: Paul Vixie
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Future directions for nmh
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 11:01:30 -0800
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Jon Steinhart wrote:
I think that we should keep the mail store as is.  I agree that the MIME
and character set stuff has made it less grep-able than it used to be,
but it's still useful.

useful for what? i have no remaining use cases of my own.

I am emboldened by David's posting regarding add-hook, etc.  Didn't know
that anybody actually used that stuff other than me.  The hook stuff was
an expedient hack on my part, and it's not really as robust as it could
be.  I would like to see it made more of an integral part of nmh as
opposed to the add-on hack that I did.

i love your hooks. used them in mhdb:


The reason that having a solid hooks implementation is important is that
it allows users to have whatever alternate mail stores suit them without
having to make them part of nmh.

my situation is the opposite. i'd like multiple mail store types inside NMH, or a pluggable hooks-style interface allowing the creation of same, so that i can use NMH command line tools to attack my Maildir store as created for me by Dovecot.

a mail store that i can only reach by the command line isn't maximally useful.

a mail store that i can't reach by the command line isn't maximally useful, either.

P Vixie

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