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Re: Breaking programs because a not yet implemented solution exists in theory

On 01.02.2012 16:03, Andreas Tille wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 01:51:17AM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> The main place that mailcap is richer than the desktop file that I can see
>> is that mailcap allows you to express the exact command line (including
>> putting %s at different places if needed) and lets you specify different
>> commands for viewing, editing, and printing.  For example:
>> message/rfc822; mutt -Rf '%s'; edit=mutt -f '%s'; needsterminal
>> I don't know if there's any way to do that with desktop files.
>> Also, I don't think there's a desktop equivalent of copiousoutput.
> Assuming that Russ did not overlooked something this means that mailcap
> entries can not generatet from desktop files.  So the one-liners
> mentioned by Josselin which might solve 50% of the task could not easily
> enhanced to two-liners doing 100% which do all the work.  In other words
> we dropped support for a technique that is used by several programs and
> it seems a replacement is either hard to do or not possible at all.

Tools like mutt, which need the extended mailcap syntax, can certainly
continue to ship a mime file.

If a package ships both a desktop and a mime file, the conversion-tool
could simply skip the automatic generation of the mailcap entries under
the assumption that the manually written ones take precedence.


Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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