Re: Re>Is the list really slow?

Subject: Re: Re>Is the list really slow?
From: Randall Raemon <rlr -at- HAL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 13:09:33 -0500

Marc Santacroce writes:

> Eric, the only reason I abandoned the *digest* was that it was too
> inconvenient to respond to messages. I'll go back to digest format if it's
> better for the list and you can suggest a way to rapidly respond to
> postings.

Unfortunately, the ability to reply easily is not so much a function
of the list being in digest form, as it is what kind of mail handler
you use to look at your mail.

If your mail handler can recognize a digest format, then it should
be possible to "cut up" the digest into individual messages, and
then proceed as you would as if you didn't get a digest.

Alternatively some scripts could shred the digest mailing into
individual messages, and mail them back to you so the normal mail
handler can do its stuff. A little bit of work, but the cpu power is in
your box, and not at Eric's site. That's the tradeoff.

If you're on a Unix box, there are several mailhandlers that can
handle the digest format: MH, mailagent, and I think elm. There are

Randall Raemon
delta1 -at- netcom -dot- com
0005650778 -at- mcimail -dot- com
[ rlr -at- hal -dot- com -- at work ]

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