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Re: 23.0.60; emacs-report-bug fails silently

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: 23.0.60; emacs-report-bug fails silently
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 20:38:44 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>>> Look, if you think my setup is bizzare, please ignore my report. But
>>> I don't think it is.
>> Me neither, see the sub-thread[1] about this in April on emacs-devel.
> Well, /usr/sbin/sendmail indeed *does* exist on my system, although the
> sendmail package is not installed.  Confusing, isn't it?

Not necessarily: many packages (i.e. most MTAs) provide
/usr/sbin/sendmail.  Could you try and figure out what that
`/usr/sbin/sendmail' is?

> Anyway, because the sendmail binary does exist,
> message-send-mail-function returns message-send-mail-with-sendmail.
> So that would not help.

We definitely have a problem in this respect.  Traditionally on Unix,
sending mail is done via the /usr/sbin/sendmail program, but nowadays
it's very common to have such programs completely misconfigured.
It's fundamentally a bug in the distributions, I believe, but it's not
one that we can expect to see fixed any time soon, so we're going to
have to deal with it.


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