Greenspun’s tenth rule and mutt

Mutt is a mail client that I used probably from 199? to 2001. Prior to that I was using elm and felt that because I could not understand its code, a switch was in order.

So what Greenspun’s tenth rule has to do with a text mail client? Let’s remember what the rule says:

Any sufficiently complicated C or Fortran program contains an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow implementation of half of Common Lisp.

Yesterday, mutt version 2.o was announced. I only found out about it because a friend pinged me. And sure enough, in the release notes MuttLisp is mentioned, a first version of which appeared here.

Being a mail client, mutt already follows Zawinsky’s Law. Now it follows Greenspun’s tenth rule too.

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