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Re: [Nmh-workers] %(timenow) -- does it have a purpose?

From: Ken Hornstein
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] %(timenow) -- does it have a purpose?
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:29:57 -0400

>Does %(timenow) have a purpose?

Yeah, although probably not what you're thinking of.

The idea is that you could use that in calculations against a date header.
(e.g., %(timenow) - %(clock) would give you an offset, although there is
%(rclock that does that for you).

Things like %(month) are designed to parse a date header, since that's
hard to do from the shell.  I could see the value of maybe doing
something to break out a inside of mh-format, but ... what would that
look like?  Maybe take a strftime() format string?  Might need some thought.
Not sure we could use existing functions since they really want a component.

>Separately, does anyone have a suggestion for generating the
>current date in a reply?

Sure.  Have a wrapper script shove it into an enviroment variable and use


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