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Re: Announcing Fedora 12 Alpha

On 08/27/2009 02:38 AM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> The entire reason that a MTA is dragged into the core group is for
> things like cron. In the base group, at (and up until recently, logwatch.)
> If you replace that with ssmtp, *out of the box all that mail is
> dropped on the floor*. I don't think that's a reasonable position
> to take by default.
> (There are solutions here, of course - asking for an e-mail address for
> each user, and asking which user is the admin. But we don't do that
> now.)

If mails from cron are the reason why we are installing a mta, that is a
very weak one considering that a typical desktop user isn't seeing them
at all.

The mails I care about as a desktop user doesn't require a local mta on
my system. All other mails that the local mta is queuing up is
effectively dropped on the floor since it is not exposed at all to me
from my desktop. Instead of exposing them in one of the many ways
suggested, we are just pretending that are still somehow useful. If the
installer asks for my email address and configures my system to
automatically send me mail to my mail client of choice once I login,
*then*, it is marginally useful. I am not sure what am I supposed with
mails from cron in the desktop still.


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