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Re: replying to an old list thread.

On Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:12:38 +0700, Sthu Deus wrote:

> Thank You for Your time and answer, Camaleón - You are doing great job
> answering here! Thanks to You for Your work, again:

Glad to help. I also learn a lot from this list :-)

>> When you hit "reply to → list" your e-mail client gets opened and is
>> automatically set the address of this mailing list in "To:" field ;-)
> It does not work for me, nor I want it, actually. But it should be so -
> it is true.

Does not work? :-?

The HTML code is a "mailto:"; link, so your default e-mail client should be 
launched as soon as you click on there. Maybe your e-mail cient is not 
being associated with the "mailto:"; handler? :-?

>> Anyway, you can also fecth/request the message you want to reply. There
>> was an old thread about that same issue:
>> http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2010/07/msg01687.html
> Wow! I did not think there was such a problem for one else. :)
> But, actually, I do not wanna have an archive of the list. - I just see
> the thread to which I want to post a message.

Okay, I told you as an alternative. In fact, is the most used method in 
mailing lists when someone missed a message (or a whole thread) and wants 
to fecth it again to have it archived locally or just to reply to that 
message. Many mailing list software (like Majordomo, et al) allow that 

> So, I just do not know how I can do this - using my email client.
> Look, on the above link we have a link:
> debian-user@lists.debian.org
> and it points to something like:
> mailto:debian-user@lists.debian.org?In-Reply-To=<4C4E8B66.2030106@hardwarefreak.com>&Subject=Re:%20Re:%20seeking%20mbox%20of%20debian-user%20from%207-10-2010%20to%207-19-2010
> from which I learn that in order my email client sends to the thread I
> have to set the following in the fields:
> to: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> subject: Re:%20Re:%20seeking%20mbox%20of%20debian-user%20from%207-10-2010%20to%207-19-2010
> Well. Where to figure out the rest (the References):
> <4C4E8B66.2030106@hardwarefreak.com>
> ?
> Or do You mimic that I perform this only by opening a downloaded file in
> email format?

You are asking for doing it in the "hard way" :-)

Let's see:

- mailto:debian-user@lists.debian.org

This is the "To" field.

- ?In-Reply-To=<4C4E8B66.2030106@hardwarefreak.com>

This sets the "In-Reply-To:" header field, used in mailing lists for a 
correct reference of the cited/thread message. It is hidden.

- &Subject=Re:%20Re:%20seeking%20mbox%20of%20debian-user%20from%207-10-2010%

And this sets the "Subject:" field.

One avoids fighting with this by fetching/requesting the exact message you 
want to reply to the mailing list server. By doing it the hard way you have 
to completely construct the e-mail message :-)

Anyway, this method lacks the most important thing, which is whole cited text 
in the message body, which you have to copy/paste in the new generated message 
with a proper quoting. Not very convenient, IMO.



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