On Wed, 17 Jun 1998 22:31:17 -0700, email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
>In article <JDHi10E6A1ab092yn@momeraths.org>,
>MarchHare@momeraths.org (Sysop John) wrote:
>>you press "s" for save, it saves it into the news directory. If you
>>press "o" to save to a folder, though, it puts it all into the mail
>>directory. Not consistent, IMO.
>Why should you expect saved text files and folders to default to the same
>directory? Yarn is just following the unix standard where just about any
>newsreader saves text files to the ~/news directory and where just about
>any mail program uses mail folders in the ~/mail (or ~/Mail) directory.
>This makes perfect sense. All mail folders (and *only* mail folders) go in
>the ~/mail directory. All cooperating mail readers (only) look for them there.
>Similarly, most newsreaders use ~/news as the default place to put messages
>saved to files. They assume you don't want to clutter up your home directory
>and a subdir named "news" just plain makes sense. Unlike saving to folders
>you are perfectly free to specify a full path (e.g. \savdmsgs\ltr.txt) since
>there is no particular reason to restrict you to ~/news.
That is one way to look at it, since most people use two different
programs. However, Yarn is one program. I still think that the default
for mail should be the mail directory, and the default for news should
be the news directory. It is not. Instead, the default is folders go
into the mail directory and files go into the news directory, regardless
of whether you are reading email or news at the time.
>Its all a matter of perspective. Just remember that yarn is, at heart, a
>transplanted unix program with a philosophy of many competing tools sharing
>the same data rather than a more configurable PC program with a unique and
>undocumented way of storing stuff.
I've used some Unix programs off and on. Elm saves files and folders
both to the mail directory unless you tell it otherwise. I believe TIN
defaults to saving everything into the news directory, but it has been a
// `I don't think they play at all fairly,' Alice began, in rather
// a complaining tone, `and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can't
// hear oneself speak--and they don't seem to have any rules in
// particular' --Lewis Carroll
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