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Tuesday March 16, 2004
12:46 AM

Multipart Mail Hacks

[ #17922 ]

At the risk of finding a brown paper bag bug, I've released the latest version of my mailhacks modules. See my Perl projects page or wait for the Mail::Action 0.30, Mail::SimpleList 0.87, and Mail::TempAddress 0.56 to hit the CPAN.

Tomorrow's project? Test::MockObject::Extends.

(Mini-rant: Mail::Box is huge to pull in just for message handling, but it appears to work. It'd surely be nice if it were split into smaller pieces, though. I don't need IMAP, POP3, mbox, or maildir handling to parse a message.)

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  • O.K., I'll bite. What is a "brown paper bag bug"?
    • When you put out a release only to realize a short time later the existence of a blindingly obvious bug that requires you to wear a (virtual) brown paper bag over your head from the embarrassment as you put out a new release with a three-line changelog. Here's an example... []

      IME this most often happens with releases that have been in the cooker too long.

    • From brown-paper-bag bug []:

      brown-paper-bag bug     n.   A bug in a public software release that is so embarrassing that the author notionally wears a brown paper bag over his head for a while so he won't be recognized on the net. Entered popular usage after the early-1999 release of the first Linux 2.2, which had one. The phrase was used in Linus Torvalds's apology posting.