Erik Price <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> On Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at 12:13  PM, Kevin D. Clark wrote:
> > [please configure your mailer to wrap lines]
> Is that the customary setting?  I thought that the burden of wrapping
> was upon the client, so that URLs don't get broken, etc.  (I'm not
> challenging you, I really am curious.)

There's a lot that could be said about this topic, and most of it has
already been said already (check the archives).  I get the feeling
that you already know what I'm talking about, since your mailer
appears to wrap lines reasonably.

A decent mail client should default to wrapping lines at around 72
columns.  It should also easily allow you to send lines that are
greater than 72 columns *if you want to*.  It should *not* "helpfully"
mangle your mail (wrap lines silently) for you before passing your
mail off to the SMTP server.

A mailer that doesn't have these properties, IMHO, stinks.

> > Any sales guy who knows what you know about shell scripts impresses
> > me.  I know *very senior* engineers who don't know this stuff.
> Is that because they do it in Perl and therefore never use bash, or
> because they don't program?  (I hope it's the latter b/c that bodes
> well for my current job hunt [server side programming])

"because they generally don't program and don't have any familiarity
with the basic tools" is what I was getting at...


Kevin D. Clark / Cetacean Networks / Portsmouth, N.H. (USA)!kclark (GnuPG ID: B280F24E)!kdc

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