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Bug#488214: make mailx a registered virtual package name

Julien Cristau <jcristau@debian.org> writes:
> On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 12:31:59 -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> I propose the following addition.  Seconds or objections?  (As
>> mentioned elsewhere in the file, the * indicates that the providing
>> packages are using alternatives, which appears to be the case.)

> Is there a spec somewhere about the command line arguments for mailx?  I
> know that bsd-mailx and heirloom-mailx do completely different things
> for -a, e.g., which is a major pain, and I'm not sure they should be
> alternatives.

mailx is specified by POSIX.  POSIX does indeed not specify the -a flag.

(Out of curiosity, if one needs the -a flag to mailx, why not just call
sendmail directly and pass in exactly the headers one wants?)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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