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Re: Mail: a question and an unrelated answer

>>>>> "Andrew" == Andrew N Nishigaya <> writes:

    Andrew> At 01:19 PM 6/3/96 JST, you wrote:
    >> Well, yes, but can I get it to pipe me the original so I can
    >> use supercite?  And can I easily use multiple buffers so I can
    >> collect quotes from several source messages?

    Andrew> Pine saves the original in a temp file and invokes your
    Andrew> editor using that file.  I am not sure if that will do
    Andrew> what you need or not...  What is supercite?

Well, I may be able to set that up so that supercite would work.
Supercite is a fancy Emacs-LISP-based yank-and-quote package.  It is
quite smart about parsing headers to determine the user's name for
attributed quotations and the reference headline.  It also is pretty
smart about multiple levels of quotation.  The only thing it does
poorly (and I don't know of a quotation engine that does this well) is 
that it does not recognize preformatted text, like program fragments,
and it auto-fills them.  When properly set up (I haven't fixed my
current Mule since the big crash in March) it will allow you to yank
from several Emacs buffers in succession, thus quoting and attributing 
several authors correctly in the same message.

Supercite expects to be fed the original message in one buffer, and to 
be given another buffer in which the message is to be composed.
Supercite does not mess with the headers or any other contents of the 
reply buffer; it only yanks, formats, and attributes the quoted

But Pine still flunks on the quote-multiple-messages criterion, and on
the file-per-message criterion.  The point of the file-per-message
criterion is that I'd like to be able to do things like

  for m in `grep -il '^From: turnbull'`; do head $m; rm -i $m; done

which are kinda hard to do with most MUAs.  I could program it in
Emacs-LISP and continue to use RMail for personal purposes, but I
archive a couple of mailing lists and the file-per-message format is
nice for getting only the "hits."

    >> And editors?  I've only used Eudora a tiny bit on the Mac.
    >> It's like not available for Linux anyway, right?

    Andrew> Nope, sorry.  Only for Mac and Windows... the Eudora part
    Andrew> was actually a joke :)

I sorta thought so....

                           Stephen John Turnbull
University of Tsukuba                                        Yaseppochi-Gumi
Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences
Tennodai 1-1-1, Tsukuba, 305 JAPAN       

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