On 22 Apr, David W. Tamkin wrote:
| Don Hammond explained,
| > When the total score of all scored conditions reaches 2147483647,
| > procmail considers them all a match and stops processing them.
| > (Non-scored conditions are still processed.) This number,
| > 2147483647, is commonly called the supremum.
| > The infemum, -2147483647, works similarly, considering all scored
| > conditions to not match as soon as the total score reaches that number.
| 1. Not exactly. When the score reaches -2147483647, the entire recipe
| is deemed not to match, and even if there are unscored conditions
| remaining, they are skipped and not tested. That is consistent with
| procmail's ANDing of conditions; just think of all the scored conditions
| as one bundle, whose net result is to be ANDed with the results of all
| the unscored conditions.
You are so correct. Thanks for cleaning up after me ... again. I was
trying to offer enough to be helpful without covering the topic
comprehensively in my own words. We have a hint here of what a
disaster that would've been, but clearly I didn't stop short enough.
| 2. Dallman Ross has shown me multiple references that the spelling
| "infemum," which I've used often in the past on this list in that
| context because that was the spelling I learned in college, is wrong.
| It is "infimum," and I apologize to anyone I've misled. I wish it were
| the other way, because the wrong spelling resembles "inferior" and gives
| a better impression of the meaning than the right orthography's
| resemblance to "infinite."
This is funny. I actually tried looking it up at dict.org and got
nothing with that spelling. So I searched through my saved mail and
found it there. I can't say for sure, but it probably was in a message
from you. Nonetheless, I take full responsibility for the mistake here.
It was my decision, after all, to ignore the failed lookup and plow
ahead with the first (mis)spelling I found. ;-)
If it make you feel any better, I once argued in class with an English
professor about the spelling of the word dilemma. I was adamant it was
dilemna. I think that was the origin of the phrase: "What's the point in
being stupid if you can't prove it?"
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