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Re: [PATCH v3] Allow applying filters to summary consecutively

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3] Allow applying filters to summary consecutively
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2022 22:15:33 -0500

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  > It seems more natural, at least to me, to ask the user how they want the 
  > command to be applied.

To me that seems the least convenient interface.
I'd prefer an interface which doesn't ask questions.

Here's a proposal.

A summary filter command _in the Rmail buffer_ should always
make a new summary, discarding the previous summary first.

A summary filter command _in a summary buffer_ should always modify
the existing summary in that buffer.  If you type | first, you get
union; otherwise, intersection.

I think this is very natural.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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