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Re: [Nmh-workers] changes to mark.man

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] changes to mark.man
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:01:18 -0400

ralph wrote:
 > Hi Larry,
 > > There appears to be three options - "name:n", "name:+n", or "name:-n",
 > > yet they refer to the 'first or last `n' messages', respectively, i.e.
 > > there are two respective explanations for three options
 > It's `name:n' where n is a non-zero integer.  If positive then it's the
 > first n messages, if negative then it's the last n.
 > In having a quick look at the code, I spotted `name=n', again with n
 > being non-zero.  This actually does what I've wanted in the past.  (Did
 > I complain and someone add it when I was stuck using an old version?
 > :-)

i think i complained, and then added it.  :-)

 > If n is positive then it's the nth message of the sequence, if
 > negative then the nth from the end of the sequence in the other
 > direction, e.g. foo=-2 is the penultimate.
 > There is another difference between `:' and `='.  Given a ten long
 > sequence foo, I can foo:42 and foo:-42 and the 42 is clamped to ten.
 > But trying to pick the 42nd of ten is naturally an error, though not a
 > very clear one.
 > Cheers, Ralph.
 > P.S. The Mail-Followup-To header is set;  that might help your replies
 > to hit the list.  :-)
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paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 30.9 degrees)

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