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Re: BUG: Tools Meanu -> "Read Mail" is TOO DANGEROUS

From: Francesco Potorti`
Subject: Re: BUG: Tools Meanu -> "Read Mail" is TOO DANGEROUS
Date: 05 Mar 2001 13:23:45 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.0.99

Francesco Potortì:
   > I have heard people saying in disgust that they will never try out a
   > mail reader that by default empties their mailbox and writes it out
   > in a different format.  For me, rmail was my first mail reader, but
   > after having been shown the way other ones behave, I agree that
   > rmail's way is far too aggressive.
Kai Großjohann:
   I agree with you.  It would be much better if Rmail didn't move mail
   away from /var/spool/mail.  However, what to do about the file locking

I have no clear ideas.  What do other mail readers do?

And maybe Emacs  wouldn't need locking.  It is capable  to detect that a
file it is visitng has changed.  Maybe a mail reader in Emacs could just
prevent the user from overwriting a changed mailbox.

But  I am  not aware  of all  the  implications, nor  do I  have a  vast
knowledge of mail readers.  I'm just  saying that, as far as I have been
told, there  are better players around,  and there have been  for a long
time, so rmail is behind the times, and it needs not to be.

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