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Re: [Nmh-workers] Items for nmh 1.7

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Items for nmh 1.7
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:04:05 -0700

Ken Hornstein writes:
> >OK, I may be too busy to contribute at the moment but I can't ignore
> >provocative messages like this one :)
> I hope you realize that was all in good fun; I really wish we never broke
> anything, but I don't think it's avoidable.

Yes, I do.  No problem.
> >I don't use any custom mhl so I'm fine if it changes.  *BUT*, I think that
> >the default behavior after the change should be the same as the default
> >behavior today unless there's a good reason to change it.  It would probably
> >be nice for heavy mhl users to have a converter from old to new.
> So you want the default behavior of mhl to simply dump out the complete
> body of a message, without doing any MIME decoding at all?  That just
> seems lousy to me, and also incredibly non-useful.  Are people depending
> on that behavior?

Well yeah, I think that people should have to flip a switch to get the new
behavior.  Avoids the "breaking things" surprises.
> >BTW, this may just be laziness on my part, but one thing that really annoys
> >me these days is receiving an email sent from a phone.  The message displays
> >just fine, but when I reply to it the original message doesn't get decoded;
> >it's included as base-64.  I also notice this with some other messages that
> >are quoted/printable with the = stuff.  Is there some way to make this work
> >that I just haven't taken the trouble to do?  If so, please clue me in.  If
> >not, it's something that I think needs to be addressed.
> If I was a smart-ass, I'd say, "Boy, you really DON'T read the release
> notes, do you?" :-)
> But yes, there's been a solution since 1.5 came out.  It's called
> replyfilter, and it's in the nmh contrib directory; it should be part of
> your install.  If you look at it, it will contain directions on how to
> set it up.  There was even a recent email thread about people trying to
> use it (but ultimately Norm decided he didn't want to use it).  I won't
> claim it's perfect, but I use it every day and it's a whole lot better than
> it used to be.
> --Ken

Well you're right, I don't.  And you are a smart-ass :-)  I have thousands of
packages installed on my system that get auto-updated daily.  It would be a
full time job to look at the release notes for every update.  Not gonna happen.
So in general I prefer packages that fix bugs and add features without breaking
things because I'm trying to get other work done.


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