Jerry Peek | 9 Jun 16:07 2004

Suggestion: using comp with mhbuild for custom mail

I mostly use the command-line MH/nmh tools like comp, repl, etc.
A lot of us use GUI or semi-GUI interfaces instead.  I thought I'd
mention one reason I like plain old comp/repl/etc..  It lets me
make custom multipart messages in a hurry, with HTML and plain-text
parts that differ from each other.

First: if you haven't made a multipart message with comp, here's 
the main idea.  You put directives for mhbuild into the message
body.  Here's an example draft message, indented a bit for clarity:

    To: joe <at> foo.bar
    Fcc: inbox
    Subject: Dinner
    ---------
    #begin alternative
    #<text/plain

    The plain-text version of the message goes here
    (it should be *first* in the message body)

    #<text/html

    <p>
    The HTML version of the message goes here
    (it should be <i>second</i> in the message body)

    #end alternative

What I usually do is to write the plain-text part first.
Then I copy it to the end of the message, inside the HTML part,
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Christophe Prevotaux | 9 Jun 16:12 2004
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Using NMH with MAILDIR

I know this is a kind of awkward question 
but is there any plans (don't ask me how)
to make NMH be able to use MAILDIR ? 

Also what is the status of nmh lately ? 

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Ken Hornstein | 9 Jun 16:22 2004
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Re: Using NMH with MAILDIR

>I know this is a kind of awkward question 
>but is there any plans (don't ask me how)
>to make NMH be able to use MAILDIR ? 

You mean, when you "inc" mail?  It's certainly possible.  Nobody,
AFAIK, is working on it.

>Also what is the status of nmh lately ? 

There's a sort-of release for 1.1 on the sourceforge web page (I haven't
announced it, because it's not in the right directory format and I
can't replace it).  It's got some reported bugs (e.g. annotations not
working).  Sometime when I'm not working 60+ hours a week, I'll get
back to it.

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Ralph Corderoy | 9 Jun 17:26 2004
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Re: Suggestion: using comp with mhbuild for custom mail


Hi,

Jerry wrote:
> P.S.  After you compose the draft, if it's not converted to MIME
> format automatically, from a "What now?" prompt you type: mime.  Then,
> if there were no errors, you get another "What now?" prompt and you
> can type: send.

Or `edit' to see what the MIMEd version looks like.  Sometimes I mess up
one of the directives and realise that on doing the `edit'.  It would be
nice to have a `demime' what now option that reversed the `mime'
allowing me to correct and re-mime.  I haven't thought about this enough
to know if it's do-able.

Cheers,

Ralph.

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Oliver Kiddle | 9 Jun 18:07 2004
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Re: Suggestion: using comp with mhbuild for custom mail

You wrote:
> 
> Or `edit' to see what the MIMEd version looks like.  Sometimes I mess up
> one of the directives and realise that on doing the `edit'.  It would be
> nice to have a `demime' what now option that reversed the `mime'
> allowing me to correct and re-mime.  I haven't thought about this enough
> to know if it's do-able.

If you cd to the drafts folder in another terminal, there is always a
.orig file which you can move over. I find myself doing it manually
sometimes and have thought there ought to be an undo command in
whatnow. Wouldn't even be hard to implement. Might be good if it could
undo changes made by other commands too though.

Oliver

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Jon Steinhart | 9 Jun 18:30 2004

Re: Suggestion: using comp with mhbuild for custom mail

Hey, maybe this isn't widely known, but I added a bunch of features that are in
the current release to simplify adding attachments to messages.  All you have
to do now is "attach file" at the whatnow prompt (once you have set up the
necessary profile entries).  There's also detach and list attachments.  This
all uses the mhbuild stuff internally, but is sure a lot more user-friendly
(in my opinion) than writing composition files by hand.  It even handles the
doubling of # characters as needed.  Check out docs/README-ATTACHMENTS.

Jon

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Axel Jantsch | 9 Jun 18:49 2004
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fpurge not found when compiling nmh-1.0.4 on CYGWIN_NT-5.1 1.5.9


Hi,

I'm trying to compile nmh-1.1-RC3 on CYGWIN_NT-5.1 1.5.9(0.112/4/2) on
Windows XP Professional SP1, and have encountered the problem

 gcc  -o msh msh.o mshcmds.o vmhsbr.o picksbr.o scansbr.o dropsbr.o mhlsbr.o termsbr.o
../config/version.o ../config/config.o ../mts/libmts.a ../sbr/libmh.a     -ltermcap
../sbr/libmh.a(discard.o)(.text+0x30):discard.c: undefined reference to `_fpurge'

fpurge() is used in discard.c because _FSTDIO is defined. 
However I cannot find it anywhere in the libraries. 

So should I undef _FSTDIO (which doesn't work either) or what should I do??

Any hint is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
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Jerry Peek | 9 Jun 22:50 2004
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Re: Suggestion: using comp with mhbuild for custom mail

On 9 June 2004 at 16:26, Ralph Corderoy <ralph <at> inputplus.co.uk> wrote:
> Jerry wrote:
> > P.S.  After you compose the draft, if it's not converted to MIME
> > format automatically, from a "What now?" prompt you type: mime.  Then,
> > if there were no errors, you get another "What now?" prompt and you
> > can type: send.
> 
> Or `edit' to see what the MIMEd version looks like.  Sometimes I mess up
> one of the directives and realise that on doing the `edit'.  It would be
> nice to have a `demime' what now option that reversed the `mime'

You probably want the shell script named "original" from the online
MH book.  Check http://www.ics.uci.edu/~mh/book/mh/e-origin.htm .
If you want to reverse what "mime" did, you type:

    What now? edit original

Jerry

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Ralph Corderoy | 10 Jun 00:44 2004
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Re: Suggestion: using comp with mhbuild for custom mail


Hi,

Thanks Oliver, Jon, and Jerry.  That's three things I didn't know learnt
in quick succession.

Cheers,

Ralph.

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James P. Howard, II | 18 Jun 19:52 2004

Slow SMTP using send


I am running nmh-1.1-RC3 and have noticed that after hitting send,
it can take several seconds, sometimes up to 20, before I am
returned to a command prompt.  I have checked, and other programs
communicating with the SMTP server have no problems.  Is there a
known issue with this?

Thank you,
James

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