On Wed, 16 Apr 1997 15:58:43 +0100, Nevel, Simeon wrote:
: >From: revjack(_at_)Radix(_dot_)Net
: >What is the message separator in a standard unix mail folder? All I
: >see between messages in folders is a blank line, and I don't know of
: >any way to look for control characters. How does Pine, for example,
: >know where one message ends and the next one begins? I'll need to know
: >this if I am going to use a custom script to deliver mail to a folder.
: AFAIK, "standard" Unix mail folders (aka MBOX or Berkeley Mail folders)
: are simply a file
: containing the concatenation all the messages in the "folder." The
: standard separator is
: a "From " line (NOT a "From:" line).
But but but, what if a message contains a paragraph that starts with
the word "From "?
I typed "From the halls of Montezuma" preceded and followed by a blank
line into my large mail/filtered file, in the middle of an extant
message, and Pine didn't react to it. I added a few "Received:" lines
immediately after it, and it did. (It became upset).
Things I will atone for this Sunday:
* filtering to /dev/null
* failing to use word boundaries
* sending messages to procmail-request
* forgetting to type in the subject
* using the phrase "standard unix mail folder" with a straight face