Commands and Utilities Proposal, 0.2

Sean Channel schannel at
Tue Nov 23 13:02:09 PST 1999

I think it's important to keep in mind that, with Linux, you cannot
tell the user community how they should program, or use the system:
LSB, IMHO, must reflect what people actually do and expect of Linux,
rather than telling them how you or I think they ought to use it.

So, I would be opposed to specifying anything on the grounds that
one "should" or "should not" do things a certain way.  System V was
a great example of what happens when a committee of sorts _decides_
what is good and bad style.


Daniel Quinlan wrote:
> Daniel Quinlan <quinlan at> 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> 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.
> Dan
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