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Re: [bug-mailutils] `frm' and `from'

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: Re: [bug-mailutils] `frm' and `from'
Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2005 10:08:46 +0200

Alain Magloire <address@hidden> wrote:

> from: was written to be compatible with the BSD utility:
>  from [-s sender] [ username ]

Yes, although the only option it actually supports is --debug :)
> The problem of making symbolic links:
> - possible conflict of the "-s" option

That's an important point, indeed.

> - the gnu standard 8-):
>         "Please don't make the behavior of a utility depend on the name used
>         to invoke it.  It is useful sometimes to make a link to a utility with
>         a different name, and that should not change what it does."

The solution is to create a common backend library from the
existing `frm' codebase, with `frm.c' and `from.c' being two different
frontends to it. Personally, I'd vote for this.


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