Description of Problem:
The Elisp package `mew' requires two auxilliary programs implementing MIME
encoding and decoding, which are called `mewencode' and `mewdecode'.
Binaries for these two programs are missing from `xemacs-21.1.14-10'. As a
result MIME emails can neither be composed nor read with mew.
How Reproducible: Every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Send yourself MIME email
2. Execute "M-x mew" in XEmacs
3. Move the cursor over the MIME email in +inbox and type `.'
Error message: "MIME decoding error: mewdecode doesn't exist"
Decoded MIME email
The source of this problem seems to be xemacs-sumo-2001-02-04.tar.bz2,
which already lacks the two binaries (I verified this by inspecting the
xemacs source rpm). In the source distribution of "mew" both programs are
contained in a directory named "bin/" among with some other utilities
needed by mew. The contents of the whole directory seems to have been
omitted from xemacs-sumo-2001-02-04.tar.bz2.
An elisp package can't contain binaries, which is obviously why it's dropped.
Install the mew package to get the binaries.
I understand that the xemacs distribution may have dropped the mew binaries from
the Elisp bundle, as they do not want to make it architecture-dependent. This
is IMHO, however, no excuse for the RH7.1 xemacs package to not ship the mew
binaries (after all, it already contains plenty of binaries).
Given that the xemacs spec file goes to the trouble of putting in an extra init
file for mew, I assume, the intention is to support mew in the xemacs rpm. The
impression that support for mew is intended is emphasised by the presence of
the "im-140-3" package in RH7.1. Without the mew binaries, this support is
quite badly broken.
As I wrote, the mew binaries are already present in the mew package in Rawhide.
It should probably split into a mew-common later, though
all of the elisp files are missing in %%files.
I've fixed at mew-1.94.10
I made a report about the mew-1.94-9 missing files problem in #54235, since its
a completely separate problem.
Fixed in rawhide mew-2.0-1.