Commands and Utilities Proposal, 0.2
quinlan at transmeta.com
Tue Nov 23 12:14:00 PST 1999
Daniel Quinlan <quinlan at transmeta.com> writes:
>> Do we really want applications relying on mail or mailx? Isn't it
>> better practice to use the local copy of /usr/sbin/sendmail?
Jakob 'sparky' Kaivo <jkaivo at elijah.nodomainname.net> writes:
> Yes, it is better practice to use sendmail. But, there are a large
> number of existing scripts and programs that rely on /bin/mail (and a
> good number of those rely on /bin/mail acting like mailx). We need to
> accomodate those. Also, UNIX98 mandates mailx and their is no real
> compelling reason not to.
Accomodating broken programs isn't a requirement. /bin/mail isn't
standardized, so you can get different programs on different systems.
mailx is standardized, but is designed to be an *interactive* mail
system. Unix98 mandates it, but we need to be careful. Our focus is
on programs used by applications, not interactive users.
I think it would be better to document a subset of the sendmail API
for LSB applications.
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