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Re: Bug#367200: ITP: libemail-send-perl -- Simply Sending Email

On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 11:04 +0200, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit "Steinar H. Gunderson" <sgunderson@bigfoot.com>
> > On Mon, May 15, 2006 at 02:13:46PM +0200, Henning Makholm wrote:
> >> Why not just install some software that can speak SMTP as the chroot's
> >> /usr/bin/sendmail? E.g. nullmailer.
> > nullmailer is, in general, broken.
> Then something else. One can easily envisage installing as
> /usr/bin/sendmail something that reads an email, immediately
> sends it to a smarthost via SMTP and exits with an error if a problem
> happened. No daemon, no local spool.

Not all people have their systems configured that way.  I'd venture
to say that most "home desktops" that POP email from their ISP
don't have their MTA set up to relay mail.

> That would be accessible to _all_ programs whether they are written in
> Perl or not.

On the "home desktop" reportbug uses Python's smtp library to send
email directly to the ISP's smtp server.  And that's a good thing,
because, for a long time, reportbug did not have that feature, and
people who don't know how to configure MTAs were not able to send
bug reports.

> There is a reason for having standardised interfaces. It is that they
> can be implemented in different ways.

Yes.  The standardized interface is smtp.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA

"Yes, indeed, C isn't 'trendy' enough in the same way gas
lighting isn't trendy enough: it's dangerous and it's completely

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