Re: reportbug defaults [Re: Bug#367200: ITP: libemail-send-perl -- Simply Sending Email]
On Wed, 2006-05-17 at 10:41 +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Ron Johnson <email@example.com> writes:
> > On Wed, 2006-05-17 at 00:24 +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> >> Ron Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> >> > On Tue, 2006-05-16 at 08:44 -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> >> >> On Tue, 16 May 2006, Ron Johnson wrote:
> >> >> > 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.
> >> >>
> >> >> reportbug sends mail to wherever it is configured; the default setup
> >> >> should be to send mail to bugs.debian.org, not the ISP's smtp server,
> >> >> since that can't be known in advance. [I don't know if this is the
> >> >> default now, but it should be the default.]
> >> >
> >> > bugs.d.o is the *destination*, not the journey.
> >> Isn't the default that reprotbug asks on the first run whether to use
> >> the local fetchmail / ISPs smpt or send to bugs.d.o now?
> > OK, I'm confused.
> > Isn't the question "How does the report gets from "the computer"
> > to bugs.d.o?"?
> > sendmail or smtp library, right?
> If you run "reportbug" without arguments it asks you questions on the
> first run:
> | Do you have a "mail transport agent" (MTA) like Exim, Postfix or SSMTP
> | configured on this computer? [Y|n|q|?]? n
> | Please enter the name of your SMTP host. Usually it's called something like
> | "mail.example.org" or "smtp.example.org". Just press ENTER if you don't have
> | one or don't know.
> | >
> which results in "smtphost bugs.debian.org" in the conffile. Maybe the
> default to the MTA question could be "N" instead.
Interesting. b.d.o doesn't seem to be answering on port 25 though.
I ran this tiny python script and it just sits there:
>>> import smtplib
>>> server = smtplib.SMTP('bugs.debian.org')
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
File "/usr/lib/python2.3/smtplib.py", line 240, in __init__
(code, msg) = self.connect(host, port)
File "/usr/lib/python2.3/smtplib.py", line 293, in connect
File "<string>", line 1, in connect
> > When I first installed rb, it failed to work, because it wanted
> > to use sendmail, and the only way my PC sent mail to the outside
> > world was using my MUA pointing to smtp.<myisp>.net (because exim
> > was set up for local delivery only).
> > Later on, I tried again, and found that they had added (or made
> > it more clear in "reportbug --configure") the ability to use the
> > user's ISP to transport the email.
> Yes, that is a new feature.
And a darned useful one at that...
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA
"The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and
disastrously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than
the increase among whites, is from that portion of the population
least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children
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