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Re: RMAIL, MIME-related bug

From: Bill Wohler
Subject: Re: RMAIL, MIME-related bug
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 18:01:04 -0800

Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:

>     I am a huge fan of mail indexing programs like: swish++, mairix,
>     glimpse, namazu etc.
> I seem to recall that glimpse is or was non-free.  I don't know about
> the others.  Can you check which of these are non-free?  We don't
> want Gnus or MH-E to refer to them.

Glimpse support was dropped from CVS MH-E today.

A poll of MH-E users revealed one glimpse user who was going to switch
to another indexer anyway, and another who was happy to switch, so there
wasn't much pain involved. I use swish++ myself.

As Satyaki mentioned, Juri's concerns are unfounded with modern indexers
like swish that do base64 and qp decoding. MH-E can find text in a
base64 message somewhere in all of your mail and display it in a second.

We also support a default search engine called grep which does suffer
Yuri's concerns however.

Note that the Emacs mailcrypt package does have the option to write a
decrypted mail message back to the disk, which I find to be a useful
option since typing the pass phrase over and over again is a pain and
most times, encryption is used to protect the message in transport, not
on my disk.

I also don't think there would be any harm in saving the decoded base64
and qp body parts, just as long you left the body parts intact and set
the Content-Transfer-Encoding as necessary (8bit, for example) so that
these messages could be recoded if forwarded. I don't see any benefit

Bill Wohler <address@hidden>  http://www.newt.com/wohler/  GnuPG ID:610BD9AD
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