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Re: PINE clone

From: Jeff Bailey
Subject: Re: PINE clone
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 07:08:29 -0500

On Wed, 2004-03-17 at 23:14, address@hidden wrote:

> I've started playing with writing a pine clone, stopped, and decided to
> see if there are existing projects I could instead contribute to.
> I saw a post on lists.debian.org from Richard Stallman
> (http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/1999/debian-legal-199912/msg00252.html)
> and thought I'd e-mail you and see if you were still working on this, or
> if you had any progress.
> I threw together a partial clone, nad have teh main menu, folder list,
> message list, e-mail display, and e-mail sending working, and identical
> (well, except that it doesn' tdo mouse pass through and fun stuff like
> that... yet).
> So, do you know of anything out there yet?

Wow, I haven't thought about this project in ages.  The project, called
'hydrant', is dormant but not forgotten.  The idea was to setup hydrant
as a collection of libraries on top of mailutils that provide MUA
functionality.  That way other MUAs could be trivially written and get
what they need.  So message composition would have all the hooks needed
for GPG signing, signatures, generating headers, etc.  Mailutils would
provide all of the MIME handling, mailbox and folding handling
(including pop3, imap4, maildir, mh, mbox).

Mailutils exists today and is fully usable.

Once you have all of those types of hooks, it should be possible to
completely rewrite pine in a couple of days, because the underlying
technology would just be pieces of a puzzle thrown together.

Sergey and I talk about it occasionally, but I have to admit to being
more interested in the MTA side at the moment, and possibly a mailing
list manager.  I need both of these for some paying work, and
evolution's been a good enough MUA for me for a couple of years now.

Jeff Bailey

I never know what to expect when you respond to my postings. No insult
intended, you are merely a surprise :)
 - Carlos O'Donnell

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