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mutt's history (was: Re: bugs + rant + constructive criticism (long))

On Thu, Jan 04, 2001 at 11:49:45 -0700,
John Galt <galt@inconnu.isu.edu> wrote:
> Let's see:  Pine Is Nearly (no-longer lately...) Elm, you say that mutt
> actually derives from elm, yet they don't share code.  Um, yeah, sure,
> whatever.  BTW from the LG article about mutt...

AFAICT mutt does not share code with pine.

> Presumably, the Mutt team at least looked at Pine's implementation if for
> no other reason than to see what to avoid.

initial versions of mutt used the c-client library, that pine is also based
on. but once michael elkins (at that time the sole author) realized that
a number of mutt's goals [0] could not be achived with c-client, that part
of mutt was rewritten. since c-client is gone, no code of pine that i know
of is in mutt. all that must have happened in early 1996.

now, features is a different discussion. when i proposed the variable
keybinding feature to michael, i think i got the idea from pine. or at least
i wanted to accomodate some of our pine l^Husers who would refuse mutt with
its default keybindings. but the code is certainly michael's, based on my

[0] most notably the PGP/MIME support. c-client and/or IMAP does evil things
    to those mime-parts.

Thomas 'Mike' Michlmayr  | ignorami: n: The BOFH art of folding problem 
<mike+sig@cluon.priv.at> |           lusers into representational shapes.

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