[Mailman-Users] The "right" way to reply to a mailing list

Lucio Chiappetti lucio at lambrate.inaf.it
Tue Mar 24 10:05:05 CET 2015

On Mon, 23 Mar 2015, Lindsay Haisley wrote:

> I know of exactly one that's "proper" in this regard.  One of the 
> reasons I keep Evolution as my primary MUA is because it allows me to 
> extract a message/rfc822 part from a multipart/mixed MIME structure and 
> save it _as an email_ in the mail folder of my choice, at which point I 
> can deal with it as I wish.

Same behaviour I get with alpine (although not native, see below).

> T-bird doesn't do this, or didn't used to.  Certainly Apple mail 
> products don't even come close, nor do Microsoft MUAs.  Does anyone know 
> of any others that can do this?

I tried T-bird only to help a friend to stay away from Microsoft MUAs, or 
ISP webmailers. I was deluded about it (for instance the way to handle the 
addressbook in alpine is far superior) but did not try MIME digest 
handling. I did not try Fossa-Mail (which stays to T-bird the same way 
Palemoon stays to Firefox). Did not try Mutt (of which I heard much good).

People here use either Alpine, or Kmail, or Squirrel web mailer or T-bird.

To be fair, the native handling of MIME digests in Alpine is far from 
elegant. You can View the index of the digest (as the index of attachments 
in any multipart message), and if you point to one of the message/rfc822 
components in the (crowded) index and click, it will open it as an e-mail.

I overcame this using the capability of pine to program user keystrokes, 
and to feed messages in external scripts. So I point to the digest 
message, and type a capital D. That will spawn a one-liner script and then 
move to the folder contains the expanded digest.

The one-liner uses a procmail utility to split the digest into a folder:
formail +1 -ds >! /poseidon/lucio/mail/temporary

Lucio Chiappetti - INAF/IASF - via Bassini 15 - I-20133 Milano (Italy)
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