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Re: RMAIL, MIME-related bug

From: Luc Teirlinck
Subject: Re: RMAIL, MIME-related bug
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 18:48:35 -0500 (CDT)

Ehud Karni wrote:

   I store email too, but still I say that only few are read more than
   once. What summary navigation has to with it ?

In RMAIL, with a summary buffer and an RMAIL buffer in another window,
C-p and C-n in the summary buffer update the message shown in the
RMAIL buffer.  The MIME decoding should be fast enough not to
excessively slow down C-n and C-p in the summary buffer.  It should
also be fast enough not to excessively slow down `n' and `p' in the
RMAIL buffer itself, which I would guess to be pretty much equivalent
(in that sense, "_summary_ navigation" is not the main problem,
navigation _in whatever form_ is.)

Whether I use C-n or C-p in the summary buffer or `n' or `p' in RMAIL,
I would wind up MIME decoding every message I do not immediately
delete several times, just by navigation.  That makes speed of MIME
decoding more relevant than it would otherwise be. As Richard pointed
out, however:

   It is not a good idea to make such drastic changes to the message as
   it is saved on disk.  They should be done as part of displaying the
   message, when the user selects it.  The results can be cached to make
   moving between messages faster, if that's desirable.

Whether caching would be desirable depends, of course, on how fast
MIME decoding without caching winds up being.



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