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Re: Idea for determining what users use

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Idea for determining what users use
Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 09:29:50 -0400

> Many machines can't send mail, but mail applications running on those
> machines can.  For many mail applications you specify incoming
> (pop3/imap)
> server and outgoing SMTP server.  Emacs can not know about these unless
> told.

Actually, I feel like there should be a way to get Emacs to use
a more useful default by detecting those situations and using
the mail application's config.
I know that EMacro tries to do such things (typically things like
trying to parse .netscape/prefs.js) and while most of it is rather
ad-hoc&ugly I suspect that there's a way to "do it right" using
the registry (on W32) or things like that.

> I have machines where I can read and send mail with mail applications,
> but not with Emacs.  Any mail Emacs would try to send would go to
> /var/spool/mqueue and stay there forever.

These are very badly configured machines.
Complain to whoever is responsible for such a brain dead behavior.
A missing sendmail or a sendmail that returns a particular error
could be a useful hint to convince Emacs to automatically try the
smtpmail package.


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