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Re: Changing the default for `send-mail-function'

From: Ken Brown
Subject: Re: Changing the default for `send-mail-function'
Date: Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:57:04 -0400
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On 8/4/2011 4:15 PM, Stefan Monnier wrote:
I guess it works on other systems, too?  If sendmail can't be found,
then perhaps defaulting to mailclient in the `n' case would be a good
default on all systems?
I'm not sure if the feature freeze would prevent this change from
being made, but I'm sending this as a reminder in case you've
forgotten about it.
Thanks, yes it's something we want to do.
Good.  There's still the question of exactly what sendmail-query-once should
do.  I think it should query all users who haven't already set up smtpmail.

I don't understand what you mean.  Clearly it should only query if
sendmail-query-once-function is set to `query', otherwise it would keep
querying forever those users who don't want to use&setup smtpmail.

Sorry, I wasn't clear. I meant to refer only to the case where sendmail-query-once-function is set to `query'. The existing code does not always query in that situation, even though the documentation says it does.

And, when it queries, mailclient should always be one of the choices, even
if sendmail exists.

Yes, of course.  After all, the whole issue that prompted this querying
is that the presence of sendmail is not sufficient to guarantee that
sendmail can be used.

I'm glad you agree. Lars seemed to have something else in mind. (See the quote from him at the top of this mail.) He proposed only offering emacsclient as an option on systems that don't have sendmail.


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