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Re: Email programs that work.

On Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 05:15:25PM -0700, Steve Lamb wrote:
> Michelle Konzack wrote:
> > You read more then One message at a time?
> Yes.  Person A says Person B said something important while talking
> to Person C.  So you have Message A open so you can find what is
> referenced in Message B.  Hell, I do it all the time just on
> debian-user.  Surely you with your mail load have run into that
> situation once or twice.  

Personally, no...  But then I only get about 2,000 messages a day.
Not to say I never wanted to refer to a message (usually when the
person replying has done a very poor job of quoting)...  But I guess I
am a bit better than you at keeping two ideas in my head
simultaneously...  I just go and look at the second message, read what
I needed to read, and then go back to the first message.  I don't see
that this is a big deal.

Very rarely, I might want to look at a second message simultaneously
in order to copy-paste small details from one message into a message
I'm composing, but the message I'm copying from is not the message I'm
replying to.  Despite what you say, this is no problem whatsoever.  I
just start a new screen in screen, run a second copy of Mutt, and look
at the message.  I could also just open another xterm and do the same
thing, but usually it's not worth the extra screen real estate and
time to ssh into my server.

You are making a mountain out of a mole hill.  Or rather, an ant hill.

Best of all, when I do this, because the vast majority of memory pages
are shared between the two copies of Mutt, my memory usage increases
by ZERO (less than half a megabyte):

$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           123        120          2          0         25         59
-/+ buffers/cache:         35         87
Swap:          196         15        180

[start a new screen, start a second copy of mutt, view a different

$ free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           123        120          2          0         25         59
-/+ buffers/cache:         36         86
Swap:          196         15        180

How does TB or any other GUI do here?  I imagine all those data
structures for managing child windows and the graphics that are in
them must add up...

Derek D. Martin
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