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[Pan-users] Re: Newsgroup "descriptions"

From: Jim Henderson
Subject: [Pan-users] Re: Newsgroup "descriptions"
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 20:26:52 +0000 (UTC)
User-agent: Pan/0.132 (Waxed in Black)

On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 07:48:13 +0000, Duncan wrote:

> walt <address@hidden> posted
> address@hidden, excerpted below, on  Wed, 23 Jul 2008
> 00:57:30 +0000:
>> On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:20:15 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:
>>> I just noticed (as a result of a conversation with another NNTP user
>>> about this) that 0.132 doesn't seem to display the description fields
>>> returned by the news server when using the "list newsgroups" command.
>> Well, pan fetches the descriptions from the news servers and stores
>> them in ~/.pan2/newsgroups.dsc -- and then ignores that file
>> completely.
>> I can only surmise that Charles intend[s,ed] to do something with that
>> file sometime in the future, but only Charles knows for certain :o/
> Yes, he must.  "pan2" being a full rewrite in a different language (C++
> while old-pan was C), he had to have intentionally coded that bit of
> fetching and saving in there.  He just hasn't coded a GUI to display it,
> it would seem.  I've no clue how he intends it to be displayed or when
> he intends to code it.  None.  At.  All.

Yeah, I seem to recall that when the rewrite started, he wanted to start 
with a fairly basic UI redesign and then add back in features that people 
thought were valuable.  The back-end rewrite has been brilliant from a 
performance standpoint, too - one of the main reasons I'm using the new 
version rather than 0.14 - though I have to admit that I really miss the 
rules capability in 0.14.  The scoring stuff just doesn't do it for me 
here (though I do use it).

> Well, at least now that you've pointed out that the file's there, people
> can open it with a text editor if they want.  I supposed that's better
> than nothing, but it's not GUI user friendly by any means.

Agreed.  I didn't even realise it was there, so that's one step better 
than where I was. :-)


 Jim Henderson
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