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Re: Configuring automake says autoconf 2.58 or higher needed. Have au to

From: Andrew Suffield
Subject: Re: Configuring automake says autoconf 2.58 or higher needed. Have au toconf 2.59 installed. What is/goes wrong?
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 03:18:33 +0000
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On Mon, Jan 17, 2005 at 08:39:16AM +1100, Robert Collins wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-01-16 at 07:01 -0500, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> > On Sun, 16 Jan 2005, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> > 
> > > On Sat, 2005-01-15 at 13:15 +0100, Alexandre Duret-Lutz wrote:
> > >
> > >> PS: I know this is not the first time, but I simply do not
> > >>     understand why you respond to bug reports without Cc: the
> > >>     reporter.
> > > I normally respond CC:-ing the reporter on auto* lists, because
> > > they tend to be unreliable. Not have done so in this case was just an
> > > oversight.
> > 
> > otoh, when I do that, I usually get 2-3 complaints from people stating 
> > that I shouldn't (ymmv).
> They should configure their mail system appropriately so that they don't
> see duplicates. (for example, see 'man formail').

That's entirely useless, and often worse than receiving duplicates; it
is fundamentally incompatible with any non-trivial filtering of mail
into multiple folders. It destroys duplicates due to crossposts (which
is wrong; crossposts *should* be received multiple times, one per
folder, so that threading is maintained), and it keeps the first copy
received rather than the correct one. Since mailing lists are usually
slower than direct mail, it usually destroys all but the personal
copy, which is the one you *didn't* want.

The only possible solution on the receiving end is to simply discard
all personal mail from people who repeatedly send you useless copies
(I maintain a specialised killfile for this); in effect, abuse of the
privilege of sending personal mail leads to its revocation. Only the
sender can do anything better than this, because they're the only one
with the necessary information.

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