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Re: unrmail


From: Jonathan Kamens
Subject: Re: unrmail
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 13:02:37 +0000 (UTC)

Kevin Rodgers <address@hidden> writes:
>You are looking at the "From " message separator, which is not a
>header and thus not part of the message itself; it is actually part
>of the Unix mailbox file format.  IMHO, unrmail is doing the right
>thing by separating each message with the current timestamp.

No, it's not doing the right thing.  The Unix "From " message
separator is supposed to contain the date the message was
received.  When reconstructing the "From " header, software
should make its best guess about that date, e.g., by using
the "Date:" header in the message.

I submitted a Perl script called b2m.pl to the maintainers of
Emacs a year ago.  This script does a much better, faster job
of converting Babyl files to UNIX mbox files.  Unfortunately,
they didn't include the script in Emacs 21.3; I don't know
why.




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