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Re: Bug#145307: Info received (was "Description improvement" probably not)

On Mon, Oct 07, 2002 at 06:48:07PM -0500, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> Thank you for the additional information you have supplied regarding
> this problem report.  It has been forwarded to the developer(s) and
> to the developers mailing list to accompany the original report.

The billion or so acks are because debbugs sends its acks to whatever's
in the Reply-To: line of the mail it gets. This really has to stay that
way - it's correct according to the mail standards, and, if nothing
else, sometimes people can't change their From: header and have to tweak
the Reply-To: header instead in order to make sure return mail gets to
them. However, I suggested recognizing an X-Debbugs-Reply-To: header.
This would:

  * not affect where acks go - that would be left to From:/Reply-To:

  * be translated into Reply-To: for mails sent on to normal or
    X-Debbugs-Cc:'d recipients

So Joey could have written his mail like this:

  From: Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>
  To: 1@bugs.debian.org, 2@bugs.debian.org, ...
  X-Debbugs-Cc: debian-devel@lists.debian.org
  X-Debbugs-Reply-To: debian-devel@lists.debian.org

Then the ack would still go to Joey, while Reply-To: in the mail
received by -devel would be set to -devel.

Alternatively, I suppose people could just use Mail-Followup-To: for
this kind of thing, but they do serve slightly different purposes. Plus
the Reply-To: header is more universally recognized.

Does this make sense to anybody else?

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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