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Re: [bug-mailutils] Configuration issue

From: Chris Hall
Subject: Re: [bug-mailutils] Configuration issue
Date: Sun, 27 May 2012 23:53:25 -1000

In fact, 'mail' *has* to use the traditional syntax because it is
designed as a drop-in replacement for the usual unix /bin/mail (mailx)
command, and that syntax (as well as the locations of its configuration
files) are mandated by POSIX.  It could be possible to use *both* the
mailutils configs and traditional ones, but in practice it proved to be
too cumbersome and error-prone. 

*sigh*  Perhaps I should read POSIX someday -- I had no idea it specified 'mail/x' , but I can see how it is a good idea to have a standard, shell-based(?) interface to the local mail system.

Believe me, I would never want to have to support *two* configuration systems for any non-trivial program -- one is quite enough as it is, in my experience.

And if I understand the 'scripting' bit correctly, I can see how very useful that could be.

Thanks again,

Chris Hall

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