None of the Above (was Re: Sendmail still default?)

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Tue Oct 21 15:37:22 UTC 2008

Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Les Mikesell (lesmikesell at said: 
>> Which is why mail is a sensible delivery mechanism.  It already knows  
>> how to deliver elsewhere if you want.
> With built-in mechanisms to allow for easy spoofing of critical events
> to the user from anyone on the internet, no less!

I'm surprised you are able to do that with fedora's default mail 
configuration that only accepts from localhost...  Perhaps you should 
let us in on the secret.

> This is outside of the issue that any such critical notification delivered
> via e-mail makes it nigh-impossible to safely and sanely undertake
> specific actions on user input acting on the notice.

What?  If there was a specific way to fix the problem you should just do 
it without bothering a user.

> Should the information be sent via e-mail to an adminstrator, and
> stored for later viewing in general? Yes. Does that mean e-mail is
> the best mechanism for presenting it? No.

If you have a bad email mechanism, fix that problem.

   Les Mikesell
     lesmikesell at

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