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Re: PINE clone

From: Rick Moen
Subject: Re: PINE clone
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 14:05:11 -0800
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Quoting address@hidden (address@hidden):

> I'm probably going to keep wasting time on this pine in perl clone,
> because I'd like to get my hands dirty first, and flesh out what all
> structures there needs to be, and this is the fastest way I can do that.
> Besides, it's kinda fun, and results in something that may just be usable.

Both good reasons.  ;->

I'd suggest that both nmail and hydrant are worthy efforts, for parallel
reasons:  nmail leverages the existing facilities of several
mail-handling CPAN modules, as hydrant does with GNU Mailutils.

> I've attached a copy of what I have so far. I'd like to create a project
> page for it somewhere, but I'm putting it off for right now (what I have
> really needs completely restructured, and it's currently changing
> rapidly... I"ll put something up when it starts to stabalize a bit).

Josh, I hope you won't mind, but I've taken the liberty of public
archiving that codebase on my personal server at
http://linuxmafia.com/pub/linux/apps/ as nmail-1.3.tar.gz .  That
directory's index (catalogue) file has a description with appropriate 
warnings about this being in proof-of-concept condition.

If you wish, I'll be glad to host future snapshots at my site, in
tarball form.  If I may be so presumptuous, here are two suggestions:

1.  Version numbers / Changelog.  I inferred "1.3" from strings in your
Pine-emulation code, but will gladly correct this if you assign more
formal versioning.

2.  Add the GPLv2 "COPYING" file to the tarball.  It's currently
referenced by the readme, but not present.

I note from your program_structure file that you have a good list of
existing mail-handling codebases from which code can be borrowed to
avoid reinventing wheels.  In case it will help, here's my rundown of
all 100-odd MUAs I'm aware of for Linux.  You might find other Perl or
Perl-friendly codebases to borrow from.  (Beware of licence
incompatibiltiies, of course.)

"MUAs" on http://linuxmafia.com/kb/Mail/ 

(Neither hydrant nor nmail is included, because neither strikes me as
quite usable, yet.)

Cheers,             Paranoia is the delusion that your enemies are organised.
Rick Moen

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