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Re: smail ignores visible_name and from_field config settings

On Mon, 6 May 1996 birkholz%dagobah@dagobah wrote:

> I have a home machine on which I would like to send mail to local users as
> well as the Internet (when a PPP link is up).  I used to do this by telling
> smailconfig that I am an "Internet site" with visible name "primenet.com"
> (my Internet Service Provider's domainname).

I use the visible name now, I have tried in the past to use 'psu.edu' as my
domain (or some similar setting) and brando as the 'hostname'... Which was a
mistake.... My ISP (Penn State Univ. PA, USA) started trying to route
messages through my machine.  Only a few, when the user misconfigured
their mailer... The messages got stuck in a loop on my machine, and built up
header info for a while till they died in transport.

> This produced from fields like <localuser>@primenet.com, which is great for
> me (birkholz@primenet.com is my account with my ISP) but not so hot for my
> wife (lori@primenet.com is not an actual account) or for root
> (root@primenet.com is not the right account).  I fixed this by adding
> from_field="From: Matt Birkholz <birkholz@primenet.com>"
> to the end of /etc/smail/config.
> After upgrading to Debian 1.1beta (smail, this arrangement
> does not work.  The from_field setting seems to be ignored.  All of my mail
> is "From:  <birkholz@dagobah>" ("dagobah" being my local hostname).
> Am I the only person who was / is trying to do this?  Has anyone succeeded?

I think I'm set up this way, but I did not get the setup from anywhere, it
does seem to work though.

> Matt Birkholz <birkholz@midnight.com.>
> Finger birkholz@primenet.com for PGP 2.6.2 Public Key ID = 74305425
> Key Fingerprint = B3 34 FB 3E 3C FE E8 57  AA B4 B2 95 A7 C0 1E AF

My latest attempt to 'stabilize' stuff: I use a script to check my mail, an
I just put code in to not download mail while 'pine' is up... Otherwise
everyone (might) have their hands in the mailbag at once.  I don't know if
this is necessary.

Hey guys, I just heard something that really worries me...  
(wringing hands)  What is the correct side of the bed to get up on?

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