[Patches] Unix Mailboxes don't work quite right.
Sun, 18 Jun 2000 13:27:42 +0200
Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> MAL wrote:
> > > If people want the original behavior for whatever reason, they can
> > > override it, but this change would make Python much more compatible with
> > > mailers, etc.
> > Why not fix the RE to also match the messages you are seeing
> > your mail box file instead of removing the check completely ?
> maybe because it doesn't really make much sense to look for either
> "From ", or "From " followed by something else?
Huh ? I meant changing the RE to accept more date formats...
> also see:
> Essentially the only safe way to parse that file format is to consider
> all lines which begin with the characters "From '' (From-space), which
> are preceded by a blank line or beginning-of-file, to be the division
> between messages. /.../
> Some people will tell you that you should do stricter parsing on those
> lines: check for user names and dates and so on. They are wrong.
Hmm, that's a rather strong opinion... but the guy in question
should know, so I'll change my -1 to +1 :-)
PS: Didn't know there was a whole newsgroup devoted to mail
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