Older blog entries for rzyjontko (starting at number 5)

OpenSSL support!

Finally I have made it. The library itself is very handy, but it lacks good documentation. I have made few other improvements including better attachments indication, more intuitive mime types, and handlers definition, and few bugfixes.

22 Feb 2004 (updated 22 Feb 2004 at 22:29 UTC) »
GnuPG support!

Finally I have made it! I had to change lots of code, but it really works! I am so proud of me...

Ok... but being honest... right now elmo is only able to decrypt messages (because it was the easiest part). Encrypting seems easy too, but signature verification (and signing) will be much, much harder.

15 Feb 2004 (updated 15 Feb 2004 at 18:28 UTC) »
Back to elmo

After so many hours spent on fixing elmo, I was so tired that I had to leave it for some time, and do something else. After playing with other projects I got back to elmo today.

I decided not to rewrite pop3 support. I will fix it, and one day I will add imap support.

I have already commited few changes. These are all minor fixes: one segfault, one improvement in box_selection (it now caches box sizes), and few other things I have done earlier but had no time to commit them.

Now I'm working on gpg support! Trying to run gpg was a bad idea. I have found gpgme library, and it seems pretty nice. If what they write in the documentation is true, then I will have not much work. Now I'm going to play around with the library. Unfortunately it lacks some simple examples.

28 Jan 2004 (updated 28 Jan 2004 at 18:47 UTC) »
Editing messages

I have finally implemented editing messages stored in drafts and outbox for elmo. I am answering the questions related to packaging (one of many steps to complete the procedure of becoming a Debian developer).

Next good news is that elmo's home page has been updated, and it is now possible to download a fresh snapshot created daily from cvs sources (thanks to Krzysiek).

15 Jan 2004 (updated 15 Jan 2004 at 22:15 UTC) »
MIME handlers

There seemed to be some problems with executing programs (the "bad" tripple was FreeBSD, zsh, vim) with "portable" ANSI function system. So I switched to less portable execvp, but hope that this will work with any configuration. By the way I implemented mechanism, that lets user run a program that handles an attachment without quiting elmo.

Yesterday one French mailed me complaining, that he started elmo, but he doesn't know what to do now. He doesn't know how to fetch his mail, and he doesn't know how to send a message. He composed one, but then it got moved to outbox, and not sent. And I think, that he decided not to use it anymore.

What if he had documentation? Fortunately I was browsing freshmeat, and found a project cone, which is (like elmo) a text-based mailreader. Cone has one, very nice feature - good documentation. But the main advantage of this documentation is that you don't have to leave the program to browse it.

A great idea hit me today. An online tutorial is a piece of cake. I can prepare a mailbox with messages being chapters, and sections. This special mailbox may be a part of everyone's mailbox. And this is what I'm going to do.

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