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Re: Announcing Fedora 12 Alpha



On Thu, 27 Aug 2009 02:48:04 +0530
Rahul Sundaram <sundaram fedoraproject org> wrote:

> 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.

Then IMHO the solution is to get this information to the user via some
other method so we don't require a MTA in the first place, not replace
it with something that silently drops the email under the rug. 

I think despite that many people won't care about this or need it it
would be very very anoying for us to change it so this doesn't work
without fixing the delivery in the first place. 

Perhaps as an easy step, cron (or cronnie or whatever) could just write
this stuff to a log? 

> 
> Rahul
> 

kevin

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