Re: Configuration

Objects for each mailbox including configuration settings?  

On Tue, 2 Mar 1999 wrote:

> Here's one issue about GUI mail clients in general: they're incredibly
> inflexible.
> I use mutt.  I have different settings for different traffic: different From:
> line, different .sig's, different PGP options, and so on.  Mutt lets me do
> this with its configuration: different settings are set with different (text)
> options, ie "my_hdr From: Glenn Maynard <>", and I can hook different settings to different mailboxes with "folder-hook foo
> my_hdr From: Glenn ...".
> This gives me a lot of flexibility that isn't available in (to my knowledge)
> any existing GUI MUA.  I'd like to use one (they fit in better then mutt in
> an Eterm), but I can't "scale down" my needs.
> However, this configuration scheme doesn't fit in with Balsa/Gnome's model,
> and I havn't been able to think up a decent one that would.  Having completely
> separate configuration settings for each mailbox won't do; it'd be a huge
> amount of work, and it'd be inconvenient.  (Adding other things to help this,
> like a "change this option for all mailboxes", is just kludgy and slow.)
> Adding individual per-mbox options will work for individuals--I could add a
> list of From's for different boxes, along with a default; I'd have to do
> something similar for .sigs, PGP (which, of course, doesn't exist yet--but
> that's for the future), and so on.  This would make changing these settings
> difficult (what if you later wanted to have an option to either run a program
> to generate a sig, or just read a file, as it does now?  You'd have to deal
> with the multiple mailbox stuff, complicating things.)  Also, this doesn't
> allow real flexibility: you can't do the unexpected things (what if I wanted
> one mailbox to use vim to edit messages, and have the rest use the internal
> editor?)
> Does anyone have any ideas of a configuration model that would fit in with
> Gnome, and give something comparable to mutt's flexibility?
> -- 
>  - Glenn
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