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Re: [Nmh-workers] Future directions for nmh

From: Thomas Levine
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Future directions for nmh
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:45:43 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

On 09 Mar 10:18, Ken Hornstein wrote:
> 4) In terms of alternate mail stores, be they Maildir or IMAP (I think
>    those are the two major candidates now, right?), I think those ideas
>    are interesting.  The #1 problem with those ideas is how to map MH
>    message numbers (which can range 1-MAXINT, with holes) to the internal
>    key used by those mail stores; everything else is relatively easy
>    to deal with.

A few months ago I started working on something like nmh that would
support Maildir.

It seems that I addressed this particular issue by building my own
index during inc.

After doing that, I considered that it might make sense to pass more of
the Maildir structure to the user interface, perhaps by listing
something closer to plain filenames. I think you are right in that this
is the only hard thing; the rest of the MUA was tedious but
straightforward. (In case I got any excited: It was tedious enough that
I never finished it.)

Perhaps it is worth noting that I have never really used nmh; I have
wanted to use it for years but the lack of IMAP or Maildir support to be
too annoying, so I started writing my own to remedy that.

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