Re: Bug#30433: mutt: Mutt doesn't create the user's mail file as dictated by policy manual
- To: Ulf Jaenicke-Roessler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Cc: Debian-Devel <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: Bug#30433: mutt: Mutt doesn't create the user's mail file as dictated by policy manual
- From: Oscar Levi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 08:48:36 -0800
- Message-id: <19981207084835.B614@hazel.buici.com>
- In-reply-to: <9812071024.AA23091@physik.phy.tu-dresden.de>; from Ulf Jaenicke-Roessler on Mon, Dec 07, 1998 at 11:24:06AM +0100
- References: <19981207012501.M2741@cs.leidenuniv.nl> <9812071024.AA23091@physik.phy.tu-dresden.de>
I sent another message to Wichert describing how mutt differs from
mailx. Mailx reports simply:
No mail for <user>.
Mutt *appears* to catch an error condition, a deceptive response to a
missing mailbox file. Also note that mutt will start if the mailbox
file is empty. Mailx will not.
On Mon, Dec 07, 1998 at 11:24:06AM +0100, Ulf Jaenicke-Roessler wrote:
> Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > Previously Oscar Levi wrote:
> > > Section 5.5 of the policy manual states that MUAs must create user
> > > mail boxes if they don't exist. Mutt returns an error if a user's
> > > mailbox is absent.
> > No it does not. Policy says a MUA `must recreate it if needed'. And
> > since the mailbox is empty anyway there mutt cannot show its contents
> > and has no reason to create it.
> > More importantly, if you mailbox does not exist mutt cannot determine
> > what kind of mailbox (standard mailbox, maildir) you will use, so it
> > cannot create an empty one.
> Does this mean that this is correct behaviour of mutt?
> I reported a similar (the same?) bug some time ago (#26758). I cannot even
> start mutt if the user's mailbox doesn't exist.
> I get the same error as reported here and I guess the original submitter
> has the same problem.