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Re: Fedora 10 - Boot Analysis

Jeff Spaleta wrote:
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 5:27 AM, Steve Grubb <sgrubb redhat com> wrote:
We ran into a problem doing the LSPP evaluation with regards to email. Of all
the packages listed, the only one that really mattered for security was cron.
So, what we did was patched cron to be able to take an argument, -m, to
define the mail delivery agent. It could be a shell script, procmail, or
anything you wanted to take the cron output and move it into the local spool
dir. Would using this solve the problems being debated here?  (And since cron
can take a mail agent argument, it should not have a hard requirement for

How would you expose the option to use the argument for a local admin?
Having them edit the service file in init.d seems inappropriate. Would
you expose it in an etc/sysconfig/  file to be parsed at service
script start?

That just seems like the wrong place to short-circuit an existing good general solution. If you want root's mail to go somewhere else, use aliases or .procmailrc. If you want to splat text onto a screen on the odd chance that someone who cares happens to be watching, add a program that takes a message on a pipe and does that, and use the existing mechanisms to run it. Or add one that alerts for mailbox deliveries. But don't break the well-designed ability to send to multiple destinations, including local and non-local for the people who actually do want the messages.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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