Question about `message-options-set-recipient' and friends.
While debugging a new problem I encountered with sending OpenPGP-signed replies in Gnus via message-mode, I ran into some confusing code:
The function `message-options-set-recipient' in gnus/message.el is undocumented, but -- if one overlooks a little singular/plural inconsistency -- its name suggests that it sets the recipients (in `message-options'). What it actually does, though, is set *both* the sender and the recipient:
I don't know this code very well, so I'm checking here before making any changes.
What I'd like to do is change its name to `message-options-set-sender-and-recipients' and add a doc string. I know it's an awkward name, but I couldn't think of anything better. No functional change is intended here, obviously -- I'm just trying to make the code more comprehensible. Note that there are various places in the code that call "(message-options-set 'message-recipients SOME-VALUE)" manually. I'm not proposing to update those calls to use this function, because I don't know what the effects of also setting the sender in those places would be.
One of the things I don't fully understand is exactly what `message-options' does. Here's how it is defined:
So is it... a cache of some sort? What's its lifetime? When can we count on information being there? Why is it better to look for a value in `message-options' instead of just doing something like `(message-fetch-field "from")' or whatever? Why are we saving answers at all when sending a message?
If that variable were fully documented, I'd be able to write better documentation for the function I'm proposing to rename to `message-options-set-sender-and-recipients'.
(By the way, all of the above is yak-shaving on the way to debugging the real problem I encountered, which is that suddenly when replying to GPG-signed message, such that my reply is also set to be GPG-signed, in `mml-secure-epg-sign' the value of `signer-names' in the initial `let' is set to nil because even though `sender' is set correctly to my usual sending email address and protocol is `OpenPGP', `mml-secure-signer-names' returns nil. I don't know what might have changed recently to cause this; if anyone does, please post.)