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Recommending attached instead of inline patches?

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-08-04 17:50:05 CEST

Daniel Stenberg <daniel@haxx.se> writes:
> Personally, I think using attachments for patches is the better way. Both for
> people and for mail archivers. (Yes, I know the policy here express a
> different opinion.)
>
> If attachments were used, they would also be easier to find and
> manage in this intense mail traffic thanks to hypermail's
> "attachment index" (like this
> http://www.contactor.se/~dast/svn/archive-2003-08/attachment.shtml).

I'm beginning to think we should just change that policy. It's
slightly more convenient to review an inline patch -- but not by much.
And sometimes people's mailers munge them, and mail archivers don't
behave as well, etc. The costs may outweigh the benefit...

Most mailreaders have a way to expand the attachment. (Note to fellow
GNUS users: it's the 'K' prefix in the summary buffer, type "K C-h" to
see the possibilities. For example: "C-u 2 K i" views the MIME
attachment numbered '2' inline.)

Would anyone object to this? I'd be happy to provide GNUS support for
those who need it during the transition :-).

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