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[bug-mailutils] Is this a Bug? Readmsg Omits From Line

From: Neil R. Ormos
Subject: [bug-mailutils] Is this a Bug? Readmsg Omits From Line
Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2007 16:00:46 -0600 (CST)

In at least one historical version of readmsg, the -h
option flag causes readmsg to copy the "^From .*"
line to the output, as does the -w "From_" option.
By the "^From .*" line I mean the line that signals
the start of a new message in an mbox-format mailbox
file, not the From: header line.

With the GNU Mailutils readmsg, I have been unable to
cause readmsg to copy the "^From .*" line to the
output, using either the -h or -w options.  I've
tried versions 0.6.1 and 1.1.

I don't know whether this is intended behavior or a
bug.  The manual page does not specify whether the
"^From .*" line is supposed to be copied to the
output, but at least one other readmsg does copy
that line.  I haven't been able to find anything
relevant in the archives of this list.  If I've
missed something in the man page, please forgive me.

In any case, it would be useful if there were some
way to get the "^From .*" lines with the extracted
messages.  When readmsg is used to extract multiple
messages in one invocation and the "^From .*" line is
omitted, it makes it impossible to reliably detect
the begining of of a message, and MUAs will not
properly handle an mbox file containing multiple
messages produced by readmsg.

Thanks for any help.

--Neil Ormos

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