MAILBOX_FORMAT_NETNEWS - is it actually needed?

Ken Murchison murch at
Wed Jul 7 22:04:24 EDT 2010

I think its some legacy cruft.  I have never used it in any code that I 
have written.  It probably can be removed.

Bron Gondwana wrote:
> I've just been searching through the sourcecode trying to find any
> evidence that MAILBOX_FORMAT_NETNEWS actually changes how anything
> works.
> It looks like it's used in charset_searchfile and charset_extractfile
> and asserted in a couple of places that don't seem to make heaps of
> sense to me - things like being unable to find the filename for the
> file, and not copying the cache record when copying messages between
> mailboxes.
> Does anyone remember why it's done this way, and if it's still needed?
> It would be nice to be able to simplify...
> Thanks,
> Bron.

Kenneth Murchison
Systems Programmer
Carnegie Mellon University

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