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Re: [bug-mailutils] More info; mailers?

From: Jordi Mallach
Subject: Re: [bug-mailutils] More info; mailers?
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 19:38:44 +0200
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On Fri, Aug 20, 2004 at 02:58:01PM +0300, Sergey Poznyakoff wrote:
> > I also found it a bit odd that no one on #guile seemed to know anything
> > about mailutils - one or two people seemed interested, but that was it.
> Lack of proper publicity, I guess. It's a pity...

jbailey and I have discussed a few times what would be necessary to make
Debian have /usr/bin/mail provided by mailutils. Right now, it's BSD
mailx doing so, but mailutils' implementation is probably superior in
many ways already (just i18n is more than enough, really), and the
command line options are more or less compatible.

I think we've always stumbled uppon the fat deps in the mailutils
package, due to the many supported features enabled in our packages:

Depends: guile-1.6-libs, libc6 (>= 2.3.2.ds1-4), libcomerr2 (>= 1.33-3),
libgcrypt7, libgdbm3, libgnutls10 (>= 1.0.0-0), libgpg-error0 (>= 0.7),
libgsasl1, libguile-ltdl-1, libidn11, libkrb53 (>= 1.3.2), libmailutils0
(>> 1:0.4+20040414), libmailutils0 (>> 1:0.5), libmysqlclient10,
libncurses5 (>= 5.4-1), libpam0g (>= 0.76), libqthreads-12, libreadline4
(>= 4.3-1), libtasn1-2 (>= 0.2.7), zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.1)

Many of these are already in the Debian base system, but others would be
new additions, which would make it hard to advocate the switch. It would
be nice that for a long-term goal, the different features (mysql,
kerberos, etc) could be modularised so the capabilities would only be
available if the module is present.

Just a random thought. :)

Chris: whenever you're bored, #mailutils. :)
Normally it's just Jeff and me doing off-topic chat, as most of the time
we're the only "customers".
Jordi Mallach PĂ©rez  --  Debian developer     http://www.debian.org/
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