[ExI] Best scripting language for replying to digests?

Dave S snapbag at proton.me
Sun Dec 18 04:08:43 UTC 2022

On Saturday, December 17th, 2022 at 10:43 PM, Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> I am curious what the best scripting language is to parse out the
> actual subject from mailing list digests so as to have meaningful
> subject headings? I am tired of forgeting to specify the subject line;
> and it seems a trivial programming issue.

The one you know the best. :-)

Honestly, I'm not sure what problem digests solve that can't be better handled some other way. If you don't want to be bothered by a steady stream of message notifications, filter list messages into their own folder and disable notifications for it. Receiving individual messages also makes it easier to filter out messages you don't want to see and to sort messages and replies in a structure that's more natural than simple chronological order.

There are mail agents like Mutt that can treat a digest like a folder so you can reply to individual messages normally. I don't know of a GUI mail agent that does that, though.


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