Thoughts I've had over the years... MH was handy because it integrated
with the Unix command line and filesystem; I still awk, etc.,
~/mail/inbox/* on occasion when nmh's commands don't suffice. That's
good; I don't think nmh should grow every bell and whistle.
MIME breaks this. If all textual parts were stored in UTF-8 on disk
things would improve once again.
I agree. Grep is a requirement for me. I handle repl of
MIME messages by decoding base64-encoded text/plain parts.
I actually modify the message (using a script). I realize
that not everyone wants to do that, but one of the beauties
of nmh is that I can. So I am wary of fundamental changes
to nmh's message per file approach. Additional files and/or
dbs with metadata would be fine.
It would be even better to integrate that decoding into nmh,
optionally of course, and I would like to do that some day.
I'm also wary of changing the message file naming scheme.
anno modifies messages, so it is inconsistent with a naming
scheme that includes file size, hash, or other properties.
I could probably live without anno, but someone else might
consider it important.
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