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Re: Bug#198957: ITP: email -- Send email from command line, either via MTA or SMTP, with optional encryption

On Fri, Jun 27, 2003 at 12:32:59AM +0100, Millis Miller wrote:
> Package: wnpp
> Version: N/A; reported 2003-06-27
> Severity: wishlist
> * Package name    : email
>   Version         : 1.9.0
>   Upstream Author : Dean Jones <dean@cleancode.org>
> * URL             : http://www.cleancode.org/email
> * License         : Custom
>   Description : Send email from command line, either via MTA or
>   SMTP, with optional encryption
> email is a simple command-line program to send emails. It can be
> configured to use either your sendmail installation or directly via
> smtp.   .   Also, if gpg is installed, it can digitally sign and
> encrypt outgoing emails.

I understand that email is the name of the upstream client but I'd
like to urge you to reconsider keeping this name while the program is
in Debian. In fact, I'd like to urge to consider contacting the
upstream author to have them change the name upstream as well. In
addition to being totally unoriginal, the name is hopelessly generic
and, as a result, quite confusing. It's unclear whether we are talking
about email, the client, or email, the larger concept.

This isn't the first time this has come up. You should review previous
discussions on the subject[1] in the archives.

On a related note, it makes reading the upstream homepage mind
numbing.  The page is peppered with link text like "Download Email",
and "Home of Email" that are confusing at best.

Does "Email Man Page" email the man page or is it the man page for
email -- and it's about how to use email the client, not email in
general right? If you want to email the authors, you click on one of
the two links *without* the word "email" in the title. 


[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2001/debian-devel-200107/msg01845.html

Benj. Mako Hill

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