Replying to the mailing list

I usually receive messages from the mailing list in digest form (i.e.,
they come as a group, not each message individually). However, every once
in a while, something catches my eye and I want to reply to a specific
message in the digest. Does anyone know how to reply to such messages in
such a way that the mail list archives recognize that it's a reply, thus
keeping the threads together?

I know there's an In-Reply-To field in the header, but I don't know how to
set that if it doesn't appear in the list of available header fields. I
tried adding it to the top of the body of the message, but that didn't
work either. There's also the non-solution of turning digest mode off and
setting up a filter that puts all LAMMPS mailing list messages in one
place, then going through and deleting them individually unless I wish to
reply.

Another workaround that might solve this problem: an option to re-send a
message (from the archives) to a specified address. Is there such an
option? I didn't see it on the SourceForge page, but that doesn't mean
it doesn't exist.

I use Alpine for e-mail, but I haven't seen a way to do it in any other
client, either.

Karl D. Hammond
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
[email protected]

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I usually receive messages from the mailing list in digest form (i.e.,
they come as a group, not each message individually). However, every once
in a while, something catches my eye and I want to reply to a specific
message in the digest. Does anyone know how to reply to such messages in
such a way that the mail list archives recognize that it's a reply, thus
keeping the threads together?

I know there's an In-Reply-To field in the header, but I don't know how to
set that if it doesn't appear in the list of available header fields. I
tried adding it to the top of the body of the message, but that didn't
work either. There's also the non-solution of turning digest mode off and
setting up a filter that puts all LAMMPS mailing list messages in one
place, then going through and deleting them individually unless I wish to
reply.

some mail programs support a digest mode, that would "explode" a
digest into individual messages, but most of the time this kills the
mail-ids. the tool creating the archive at lammps.sandia.gov tries to
do as good a job as possible, but it often is impossible since a lot
of people write new mails by replying to an e-mail rather than
composing a completely new one. so the main orientation for threading
is the subject.

in the past, i was using procmail on digested e-mails to split them
into individual messages. it might be possible to do this as a filter
from a mail program. but (al)pine is a very old code base and thus i
don't know how much effort it is to customize things. a long time
back, i had moved from mh to pine (for better imap support) but have
since almost completely moved to using a web interface. to make
dealing with mailing lists and lots of other stuff easier, i do
presort all incoming e-mail into folders and thus have effectively
about 20 inboxes, which also allow to quickly delete/ignore e-mails
that i don't care about.

Another workaround that might solve this problem: an option to re-send a
message (from the archives) to a specified address. Is there such an
option? I didn't see it on the SourceForge page, but that doesn't mean
it doesn't exist.

you have to ask the folks running sourceforge, but i doubt that they
would like to support this, since it would be an invitation for
spammers.

I use Alpine for e-mail, but I haven't seen a way to do it in any other
client, either.

i little superficial websearching indicates that mutt may be able to
handle digested e-mails, i.e. have a "digest viewing mode" showing
individual messages in a digest.

axel.