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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Describing archives (new feature at the mirror)

From: Andrew Suffield
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Describing archives (new feature at the mirror)
Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 09:58:11 +0100
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On Fri, Apr 02, 2004 at 04:05:09PM -0500, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> > The only sane place where it can be fixed is at the sender end.
> Sorry, can't be done: you in general can't know who's on which list.

Sure you can. Any MUA that supports Mail-Followup-To and
Mail-Copies-To already does this.

> And if
> a message is cross-posted to several lists and you're subscribed to several
> of them, then it just plainly cannot be done at all.  A human might be able
> to do it in 90% of the cases, but it's work.  Doing it fully automatically
> at the sender end is difficult and error prone.  OTOH doing it fully
> automatically at the receiver end is easy and reliable

I disagree with every point in the above quoted text as being
factually incorrect.

> > Removal of duplicates without opening trivial DoS attacks against your
> > mailbox is impossible.
> There are already plenty of trivial DoS attacks on your mailbox that
> I wouldn't worry about adding another minor one, really.

No there aren't. I don't know about yours.

> > By the time the duplicate mails reach the destination, they have been
> > significantly munged by the MLM;
> What do you mean by "significantly"?

Compare a mail before and after it has passed through this list.

> > this list runs on mailman, which is spectacularly bad in this respect.
> > Now which one are you supposed to deliver?
> Who cares which, since the only interesting part of the content is the same.

You just claimed that an MLM doesn't do anything useful by
transforming the message.

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