> On Sat, 29 Sep 2012 07:25:33 +0000, Bit Twister wrote:
>> Hi. Glad you have fixed the nasty word wrap problem. :-D Hope you are
>> enjoying your Usenet client application. :)
> I am indeed, thanks to you :) I am using Pan, as suggested
>> PS: I can recommend that you create $HOME/.signature with your basic
>> setup in four lines or less, not counting the "dash dash space" first
>> line. Example: if I were a newbie, it could look like:
>> Mageia release 2 (Official) for x86_64 KDE 4.8.5
>> Linux 3.3.8-desktop-2.mga2
> ................. >> NOTE: The first line is a dash dash space
>> Once you have the file created, tell your Usenet client (Pan) about the
>> $HOME/.signature file and subscribe/post a message to a test group like
>> eternal-september.test or local.test
>> Then do a reply and see what your editor shows before posting a reply to
>> your test. :)
> Why do I need a signature? Isn't the subject of my post obvious enough?
The subject is a subject; helpful for an overview of the threads.
The contents of a posting should be complete, not relying on the
knowledge of the 'Subject:' header. The signature is not intended
for the subject but for your, well, signature. Indeed you don't
need a signature. If you have one, it should not contain more
than four lines of text, and it should be initiated with a line
containing just "-- " (dash, dash, blank); this convention makes
it possible for newsreaders to skip it when replying. (The rest
of the previous poster's notes are suggestions to test your
settings while not using this (or any other) topical newsgroup
as your test environment.)
> You don't need it, but creating one with your distribution,
> release/version, which desktop manager and what kernel is running may > help subject matter experts give you better answers on other problems.
I suggest to put all relevant information in the body of the posting,
not in a signature.
Guys, cool down. It is only a matter of signature. If you all wish I can
open a new topic on signature, like, should a post be accompanied with a signature.
> You can edit your program and signature file to have the relevant
> information, the signature separator and your signature.
> You could even make it so that the information is only included in new
> messages or make an easy keystroke in your program/editor that will
> expand the information to whatever you desire e.g. when you type IMHWI
> your editor could extend it to whatever you desire. Depending on the
> editor, you can even point it to a file that has all the information.
> Extra points if it points to a piped file that gets the info from a
> shell script. That way you can include whatever you desire.
> Or you can just point to the script, file, piped file and include it.
Can these indeed be done? How?
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On Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:16:40 +0200, Mirko K. wrote:
> There are several methods. You can have a 1-minute cron job which writes
> a new signature to your signature file.
> Or you can use a FIFO special file, aka "named pipe". Try this (requires
> fortune to be installed):
> Open two terminal windows. In the first run:
> mkfifo SIG_FIFO
> while true; do fortune -a > SIG_FIFO ; done
> Then, in the second terminal window, run:
> cat SIG_FIFO
> run it again, and again, ... Every time cat (or other programs) read
> from the FIFO it gets a new fortune cookie.
My! My! Just for a signature? What is the practical utility of such a process?
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Linux 6.0.3; Squeeze; GNOME 2.30.2
On Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:39:48 +0200, Mirko K. wrote:
> I was just showing you how this could be done. I don't advice for or
> against this, or having a signature at all (I also don't have one, as
> you can see.) :-)
> FIFOs are pretty cool stuff. You can imagine them as permanent pipes
> with possibly multiple writer and reader processes. They allow pretty
> complex inter-process communication.
At present over my head. But I will keep tab to come back to this topic in future when I am ready.
Let us end this thread then.