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Re: exim & mutt, weird



On Sat, Apr 18, 1998 at 09:38:54PM -0400, Lee Bradshaw wrote:

> > > > > In .muttrc I have:
> > > > > 
> > > > > set hostname="earthlink.net"	# my DNS domain
> > > > > set use_from			# always generate the `From:' header field
> > > > 
> > > > Thanks for your help. Although this will certainly work, I'd ideally
> > > > like a proper solution rather than just a workaround. I assume
> > > > that you've had the same problem then, since you have implemented this?
> > > > It worked fine here with smail. 
> > > 
> > > To me the correct way is "unset use_from" and let the MTA generate the
> > > correct address.  With the default "set use_from", I've seen hostname
> > > info appear in the from address when that machine shouldn't be receiving
> > > email.
> > 
> > Please see my last message...  In my case the from address the MTA would
> > generate would bounce on reply I can almost guarantee.
> 
> Then it sounds like your MTA is broken.  I don't think I should have
> to fix the headers for every program (mail, mailx, mutt, elm, pine,
> emacs...) when the MTA should handle it.  From a security point of view,
> you might not want users to be able to send mail that appears to be from
> a different user.  On a dial up system with only one user maybe it's not
> an issue.

let me explain:

This machine is icarus2.dyn.ml.org.  Therefore, my MTA generated From line
is knghtbrd@icarus2.dyn.ml.org.  You see that dyn part?  Yeah,
non-dedicated dialup.  =p  So really, I -NEED- the mailer to generate a
from address for a mailbox I can get mail from.  Why not reply-to?  Not
everything out there honors it, at least one mailing list I am on doesn't.

The MTA is not broken, their mailing list software is.  So I accomidate
everyone by forcing mutt to make the from header.

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