Re: Gnome-Bugs and SMTP

This example is almost completley moot for a bug system, because
the bug-email host is the one that receives the email.

If a user is experiencing problems they may not even have mail
configured properly - its probably worth trying smtp directly - at
least *you* know the mail got there if it worked.  Rather than
being spooled indefinetly on a system that isn't setup to receive
email properly (e.g. someone who just uses a net mail account).


> On Wed, Nov 10, 1999 at 01:45:45PM +0200, Sarel J. Botha wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 09, 1999 at 08:46:00AM -0600, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> > > There are many reasons: but I think the most important is that if you
> > > use sendmail, and you are disconnected from the network, the message
> > > will still be queued for delivery when the machine connecst to the
> > > network.
> > > 
> > > Also, various sites might have special firewalls and mail hubs for
> > > mail delivery, so it is better to go that way.
> > 
> > I think it should try open a socket directly to and if that
> > doesn't work, provide the option to use another SMTP server or local
> > sendmail.
> > 
> It is really best to get in the habit of using the system's mailer.
> If you start putting SMTP into apps, you run into issues like sites
> that blackhole mail from dialup IPs (there is a MAPS dialup IP domain,
> which some people use).  People using Exim can easily add headers to
> blackholed mail, and filter it into spam boxes.  Whooops... now some of
> the mail from your machine gets through, and some bounces.
> This is just one example of potential problems.  The MTA implements
> the user's preferred mail handling policy.  This policy shouldn't be
> circumvented by applications.  People whose ISPs have mailers that don't
> support them should just configure Sendmail without a smarthost at the
> ISP (and risk dialup IP blackholing), or just take their business to
> more Linux-friendly companies.
> I recognise that bug reporting is sort of a special case, but I still
> think it sets a bad precedent.
> miket
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