ROTD (Rant Of The Day): patches

Michael Stefaniuc mstefani at
Thu Jan 31 18:24:49 CST 2002

On Thu, Jan 31, 2002 at 03:52:19PM -0500, Dimitrie O. Paun wrote:
> I've come to _hate_ diffs attached as Application/OCTET-STREAM. Can you
> please, Please, PLEASE, attach them as Text/PLAIN?
> I use Pine over a ssh connection to read wine-{devel,patches}, and I can
Use a better mailer like mutt ;) ?

> simply view the Text/PLAIN attachments, whereas I have to:
>   -- press V to view the list of attachments
>   -- select the attachment I want to view
>   -- press S to save it to disk
This is what have todo with mutt too, but I don't have to save. I press
<Enter> to display the message. mutt complains about not having an
appropiate method for the mime type and displays it in it's internal
pager. I suspect this should work in pine too.

>   -- exit Pine
>   -- start vi to actually view the thing
>   -- restart pine...
Uuuh ... this is like rebooting. Has pine a "pipe" function (it's long
ago when I saw The Light and switched to mutt)? That's what i do in mutt
wenn I get an gzip'ed patch: go to the list of attachments, select the
attachment and pipe it through zless. So no need to leave the mailer.

> Just to view a Application/OCTET-STREAM attachment.
They don't annoy me too much, but the extra key strokes I need to view
them will get me the carpal tunnel syndrome.


P.S.: sorry, couldn't resist

> Which means 2 things:
>   -- I get frustrated (and look what happens when I do:))
>   -- I simply ignore those patches
> For all these reasons (and more), I think Linus is right when he insists on:
>   -- ONE patch per email
>   -- ONLY Text/PLAIN attachments.

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