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Re: /usr/sbin/sendmail specification proposal, draft 4

Then is the ultimate goal to create a GNU libmta.so or libmapi.so for
UNIX/Linux?    Could we note this in the LSB specification that this is
what is needed for consistency, then create an LSB/GNU todo to have a new
subproject created?

George Kraft IV
512-838-2688; t/l 678-2688
Linux Technology Center
IBM, Austin Texas

"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@transmeta.com> on 11/30/99 11:31:23 AM

To:   George Kraft/Austin/IBM@IBMUS
cc:   lsb-spec@lists.linuxbase.org
Subject:  Re: /usr/sbin/sendmail specification proposal, draft 4

gk4@us.ibm.com wrote:
> For what it is worth, sendmail(8) is in section 8 of the BSD System
> Manager's Manual.    Applications like mail(1) and mailx(1) provide the
> user interfaces that are documented by the LSB.
>    http://www.linuxbase.org/cu/
> Is it within the scope of the LSB to create policies regarding the
> interfaces of system utilities like sendmail(8), rmt(8), talkd(8),
> telnetd(8), ...?
> Cheers,
> PS:  It appears from the TOG and LSB charts that mailx(1) is the standard
> over the legacy mail(1) command.  Do we know for certain if all Linux
> systems will be using just one of sendmail, ssmtp, zmailer, or exim?

No, but *all* of these have a sendmail-esque MTA interface.  The point
here is that using mailx(1) to submit mail programatically is utterly
broken.  We need a standard MTA interface.


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