[R] digest readability/ thunderbird email client/ R-help

Martin Maechler maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Sat Apr 28 22:00:23 CEST 2007

Hi Sam,

>>>>> "SamMc" == Sam McClatchie <Sam.McClatchie at noaa.gov>
>>>>>     on Fri, 27 Apr 2007 11:21:56 -0700 writes:

    SamMc> System:Linux kernel 2.6.15 Ubuntu dapper

    SamMc> Has anyone figured out how to make the R-help digest
    SamMc> more easily readable in the Thunderbird mail client?
    SamMc> I think the digest used to be more readable than is
    SamMc> currently the case with all of the messages as
    SamMc> attachments.

    SamMc> I know the work around is to get individual messages
    SamMc> rather than the digest, use another mail client, or
    SamMc> just look at the archives on the web...

    {and there are at least two alternatives to the standard
     archives, notably Gmane.
     BTW: Just found an URL that should list all R lists carried
          by them :  http://dir.gmane.org/search.php?match=.r.

It had been pointed out more than once that Thunderbird
unfortunately is not adhering to the standard(s) of such
digests-- too bad it still is not.

One alternative is to get the digest as "plain" digest
((which BTW another standard-complying digest format, that
 e.g. emacs Rmail or VM can easily deal with))
which will most probably just appear as one long e-mail in
Thunderbird, with "table of contents" of all the subject lines,
but nothing "clickable"


Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich

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