> Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 10:16:15 -0500
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Oliver Oberdorf)
> : >Reply-to: IS the right thing to do, IMO, since it will get
> : >people to reply to the correct address.
> : Unfortunately your opinion is wrong, since it won't get machines to
> : reply to the correct address.
> : * The `return path' is the envelope sender address. This tends to
> : get used for bounce messages, and therefore must point somewhere
> : sensible. (Consider the case of a message with no valid headers
> : at all; a bounce must still go somewhere sane.)
> : * The From: line in the header. This needs to be set correctly so
> : that replies go to the right place.
> Indeed? I've had marvelous success with it for over a year
> now. The only reference I have on hand is, unfortunately,
> the O'Rielly GNU Emacs manual, but they say this much...
> "Mail messages can use a *Reply-to:* field to guarantee that
> replies will be sent to the correct place."
> and later on the same page...
> "If you know that you will always receive mail that's been
> sent to the addresss /email@example.com/, you can do a lot
> to solve your problem by putting the address in the
> *Reply-to:* field of your outgoing mail"
> I've also recieved bounced mail w/o difficulty, as I recall.
> Of course, I'm using sendmail so that *could* cause some
> Bottom line? Richard's solution will work, with the one
> problem we both recognize, so you can use it. My advice is
> free, so you can try that too and if it works, it works.
Return-Path should not be set by the user. Read the Bat Book (O'Reilly
Sendmail book). Use either From: or Reply-To: I recommend using Reply-To:
to people because a lot of folks out there *don't* have static IPs *or*
fully-qualified hostnames *or* a DNS ADDR reverse map of a fully-qualified
hostname. Anyway I'm not going to argue this point any more. RTFM.
(The 'F' stands for "funny").
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= firstname.lastname@example.org |
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