RE: META: How to survive reading this list

Eugene Leitl (
Fri, 4 Jun 1999 10:53:35 -0700 (PDT)

O'Regan, Emlyn writes:

> Problem is, I can't bring myself to actually delete e-mails. Even with
> those which appear devoid of content, there somehow seems less content
> if the message is deleted. Perhaps this is like the difference between 0
> and NULL.

No problem. Simply substitute the /dev/null line by some file name, e.g. plonk. All rejected posts will then go to $MAILDIR/plonk, where you can periodically review them to acertain you didn't miss anything critical.

> I am finding, however, that I am having to run searches to find past
> e-mails to which I would like to respond/refer, because the shear volume
> has rendered my vertical scroll bar useless. I've got to find a way
> around this, because I'm using MSExchange, and the find mechanism is
> severly limited*.

I'm using VM under XEmacs 20.4. At current INBOX size approaching 10 k mails (I have 160 MBytes RAM, though), XEmacs search mechanism is still adequate. There is an XEmacs for Windows as well, btw.

I periodically abandon INBOXes when they grow too big to handle. My next project (amongst many) is converting them with critmail, and indexing them with a full-text search engine such as webglimpse or htdig.