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Re: teaching users how to submit good bug reports

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 09:31:46AM +1000, Brian May wrote:
> The days where every Linux computer has to have a working MTA are
> gone, and typically tends to be very painful especially for
> portable/laptop computers which may not have no single way to send
> outgoing mail that is guaranteed to always work (e.g. networks often
> block direct outgoing SMTP connections).

You can use "smtphost reportbug.debian.org" in the configuration file.
As for blocking direct outgoing SMTP connections:

  lakeview ok % sudo nmap -sS -p587 reportbug.debian.org
  [sudo] password for bmc: 
  Starting Nmap 5.00 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2010-07-22 23:58 UTC
  Interesting ports on busoni.debian.org (
  587/tcp open  submission
  Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 0.81 seconds

> It is annoying to have to setup a working MTA just in order to be able
> to report a bug.

All you really need is a working email address to put in the From line
and an Internet connection. That's it.

brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
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