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Re: modifying movemail

From: Florian von Savigny
Subject: Re: modifying movemail
Date: 20 Jun 2004 00:45:43 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.2

We both seem to be online right now, the way you were faster than my
immediate addendum...

Pascal Bourguignon <address@hidden> writes:

> > So thanks a lot - but is anybody able to help with the conversion (or
> > supply a pointer to the right information)?
> In emacs:  C-h i m emacs RET m rmail RET m movemail RET

Sorry, I thought I had already read this information and that it
contained nothing helpful. That wasn't quite right:

   When getting new mail, Rmail first copies the new mail from the inbox
file to the Rmail file; then it saves the Rmail file; then it truncates
the inbox file.  This way, a system crash may cause duplication of mail
between the inbox and the Rmail file, but cannot lose mail.

Thus, normally, movemail isn't even used. That had escaped me.

   In some cases, Rmail copies the new mail from the inbox file
indirectly.  First it runs the `movemail' program to move the mail from
the inbox to an intermediate file called `~/.newmail-INBOXNAME'.  Then
Rmail merges the new mail from that file, saves the Rmail file, and
only then deletes the intermediate file.

Sounds like this intermediate file is the second argument to movemail.

What makes me wonder now is: is the fact alone that emacs under Linux
hangs when trying to rmail-get-new-mail from a spool file on a FAT32
partition enough proof that it is using movemail? After all, it might
hang when executing its lisp code, and modifying movemail would not
change a bit about that...

[I'll spare the theoretical question: under what circumstances and why
Emacs (does not) use(s) movemail.]


Florian v. Savigny

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