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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Administrivia: html duplicates

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Administrivia: html duplicates
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:30:36 +0000

Hi Chris,

> > Whilst you're listing text-based mail clients, there's nmh, but it
> > doesn't like HTML either.
> > 
> >     http://www.nongnu.org/nmh/
> >     http://rand-mh.sourceforge.net/book/overall/whymh.html
> > 
> > There's not a lot of development work being done on it these days
> > though.
> Ye gods, I'd managed to forget mh.  Self-defence I think.  Even the
> old mali(1) client was less bad.  It was probably fine when people
> only got a couple of messages a day and didn't need to thread
> conversations, but even it havving a command line interface doesn't
> get my vote.

On the contrary, it was created in order to cope with a heavy mail load
each day, though possibly not heavy by today's standards.  They ran a
support desk IIRC.  I find I can type commands to filter this 20,000
email folder quickly, giving the results names for later use.

    # Search all emails in current folder for those with a subject
    # containing `horizon' that are from washington and were sent over a
    # week ago.
    pick -sub horizon -and -from washington -and -before -7 -sequence horiz
    pick -su horizon -an -f washington -an -b -7 -seq horiz

    # List the first ten, one per line.
    scan horiz:10

With personal ~/bin scripts like -sub for `pick ${0##*/} "$@" && scan
lp' and `sc' for `scan last:20' it gets quicker.  And I can mix its
commands up with awk, sort, etc., for the more unusual cases.

Pine seemed to be too tedious for frequent use, and although my fingers
breathe vi I could never see the point of them learning mutt just to do
email.  That was from years ago though, perhaps things have improved.



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