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Re: Changing the default for `send-mail-function'

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Changing the default for `send-mail-function'
Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 07:40:16 -0400

    > Why doesn't it deliver a bounce message?

    How would it do that?  It doesn't know about the user's (actual) external 
    mail service, and the local system isn't configured to accept mail.

Someone else said that the default is that Exim is configured to
deliver mail locally, but that's all.  If so, remote mail
would deliver a bounce message locally.

If Exim can't even deliver local mail, then why doesn't sendmail fail
and inform Emacs of this?

    Back when I had reason to look at such systems regularly, it was not 
    unusual to find hundreds of such bounces in root's mbox.

Apparently it could deliver bounces locally.  I think that
means the problem you are talking about did NOT occur,
and my solution would work.

Dr Richard Stallman
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