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Re: "+/" with Mailutils

From: Bill Wohler
Subject: Re: "+/" with Mailutils
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 22:59:45 -0800

Stephen Gildea <stepheng+mh-e@gildea.com> wrote:

> Sergey Poznyakoff <gray@gnu.org.ua> wrote:
> >   Running 'folder -all +/' on mailutils HEAD, I get the following:
> >   
> >   folder: stat(/boot/config) failed: No such file or directory
> >   folder: stat(/boot/vmlinuz) failed: No such file or directory
> >   folder: stat(/boot/System.map) failed: No such file or directory
> >                        /+ has no messages;           (others).
> >                     /bin  has no messages;           (others).
> >                    /boot  has no messages;           (others).
> >                     /dev  has no messages;           (others).
> >   [..more lines follow..]
> >   
> >   which looks pretty similar to nmh output (except that nmh prints two
> >   slashes where mailutils prints one).
> I built mailutils at HEAD, with your fix.  I see that "folders +/"
> finds all the root directories, and I don't see garbage characters in
> the output.  Thanks for the quick fix.
> The difference from nmh, "/bin" vs "//bin", is significant to MH-E,
> so the MH-E unit tests still don't pass.
> I suspect this is a bug in MH-E.  I think MH-E doesn't parse
> "folders +/" correctly, and this failure is papered over by nmh's
> adding an extra slash.
> To my eyes, "/bin" looks better than "//bin", but maybe I don't
> understand the semantics of an MH folder name.

I agree. However, while leading double slashes indicate a Samba path,
double or triple or gazillionaple slashes later in the path should be
considered as a single slash.

If someone is generating leading double slashes that are not Samba
paths, I'd consider that a bug.

> So which "folders" output is correct, mailutils or nmh?  If mailutils
> is correct, we can fix MH-E to deal with the correct answer.
>  < Stephen
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