Re: [R] Digest reading is tedious

From: David Whiting <>
Date: Fri 12 Aug 2005 - 20:55:02 EST

Hi Adrian,

Here's what I used to use for a list I used to subscribe to (it is the first example in the man page for formail, it worked for me and I never went further playing with formail):

* !
* ^TO_expert@linux-mandrake\.com
| formail +1 -ds >>new/expert

Here is a rough summary of what it does:

:0: (is something to do with file locking (I think)) * ! (I can't remember what this does) * ^TO_expert@linux-mandrake\.com

^TO_ means the email address is in the To: *or* the CC: header. Note that you have to escape the dot in the .com bit.

| formail +1 -ds >>new/expert

This pipes the digest to formail, splits the messages and puts them all into a mailbox called new/expert (in this case).

For you, the recipe might be something like:

* !
* ^TO_r-help@stat\.math\.ethz\.ch
| formail +1 -ds >>R-undigested

HTH, Dave

Adrian Dusa wrote:
> On Tuesday 09 August 2005 23:47, Martin Maechler wrote:

>>>>>>>"Trevor" == Trevor Hastie <>
>>>>>>>    on Tue, 9 Aug 2005 10:27:32 -0700 writes:
>>    Trevor> [...snip...]
>>But that has been an option in mailman, the software behind our
>>mailing lists  --- for ages ---
>>I hope this helps,

> I use MIME for digest reading, with KMail under SuSE 9.2. The way I get the
> digest is a list of encapsulated messages. There is, however, a tedious
> things: the encapsulated messages are not numbered...
> (so I still have to scroll down to find a particular message, guessing the
> right place where it might be; odd enough, there is no "Find text" inside a
> message in KMail).
> If there's any option in KMail to split the digest into threaded messages, I
> couldn't find it. I tried to figure out how to use procmail and formail but
> is too complex for a regular user.
> Is it possible to get numbered encapsulated messages?
> TIA,
> Adrian
David Whiting
School of Clinical Medical Sciences, The Medical School
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH, UK.

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