[Alpine-info] compatibility question
Benjamin R. Haskell
alpine at benizi.com
Thu Apr 22 14:44:06 PDT 2010
On Thu, 22 Apr 2010, FHDATA wrote:
> I know this is a bit late considering that alpine has been out for
> some time. But we are finally moving to alpine 2.00 from the last of
> the pine series (4.64). We have a lot of users. Some are "old-timers"
> and not so technical ....
> I understand that essentially there are no issues going to alpine 2.00
> from pine 4.64 but to be on the safe side ....
> Is it correct to state that generally, let say, 98% of functionality
> of pine exist in alpine to the extent that a general pine user does
> not even notice (s)he is using alpine? i.e. if I symlink alpine to
> pine would they even notice it?
The biggest issues will be with differences in how non-ASCII characters
are handled. Pine would blindly pass off whatever text it was getting
from the server. Alpine tries to properly decode the text.
So, e.g. poorly-implemented mailers that send CP-1252 (Windows Latin-1
variant) incorrectly identified as Latin-1 (ISO-8859-1) may show up with
'?' in lieu of improperly-encoded characters.
If your users are generally English-speaking users who don't use
accented characters, chances are decent they won't notice a thing.
Still, I think I'd be reluctant to 'fake' it (i.e. don't make the
symlink). For the things that *do* change, it'd be better for the users
to know why they might have changed.
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