Re: announce: my fork of alot

Subject: Re: announce: my fork of alot

Date: Mon, 17 May 2021 14:32:12 +0200

To: Anton Khirnov,


From: Johannes Larsen

2021-05-17 10:54:09, Anton Khirnov <> wrote:
> Here's my current roadmap:

Lots if interesting features/fixes!

>     - commands themselves should probably be synchronous [...] to
>       prevent races where a later command conflicts with an earlier one

Yeah, that race condition is a annoyance. Quitting alot helps at least.

> * atomic complex retagging commands
>   e.g. add+remove in the same command

sup had something like that. The retag operation when you had multiple
messages used +/- prefixes to add/remove tags from those messages whilst
leaving other tags on them untouched. I do not know if this was atomic,
but at least it was idempotent.

> * running external commands in a separate tmux pane/terminal

That is a good idea. Quitting the editor and using ";" to temporary
switching to another buffer (e.g. reading something elsewhere in a
thread) works, but is a hassle. [vim-dispatch] does something similar
for e.g. external compilation/tests from the editor, so maybe they
figured out some indicator for when tmux panes/windows completes.


> - search+highlight

Yeah, I am still automatically trying "/" in alot (the hotkey that
searched like that in sup) to search in the buffer.

> - properly handle focus switching between the thread tree and message body

Mapping something to "move toggle" worked okay to switch focus between
these panes. Was kind of a surprise when scrolling within a message body
scrolled to the next message though.

> - pipeto refactoring

Yeah, as it is now I only use it with less to read the raw body. I think
pipeto based on a selected body/attachment for instance would be useful.

johs (Johannes Larsen), (+47) 41435451
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