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Re: aliases problem
On Thu, Jun 24, 2004 at 08:19:32PM -0300, Jeff Warnica wrote:
> This has peaked my curiosity. I might not be able to fix it, but I'm
> prepared to dig around a bit.
> On Thu, 2004-24-06 at 20:38 +0000, Ambrose LI wrote:
> > In article <Pine.SOC.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> > Peter Ip <email@example.com> wrote:
> > >peter: "\peter", "/usr/local/lib/mail/vacation peter"
> > >
> I can't see where this style line is documented.. Where did
> you read this?
this is (I believe) traditional sendmail style. Perhaps this is
why it's not documented.
The \ before the peter means that \peter is meant to mean the
mailbox file for the user peter, as opposed to an expandable
alias. (i.e., what "peter" would mean in the absense of an
The problem is that there does not seem to be a way for the
current set of ZMailer router scripts to allow the user to
"escape" an alias (so that it refers to the mailbox file), when
users who were using sendmail would expect \ to just work.
> > >The router returns:
> > >
> > >error nosuchuser ter g0
> > Yes, the router scripts are broken and has been broken for a
> > long time. (It used to work at one point, some years ago.)
> > I reported it some couple of years ago but it seems that no
> > one thought it to be a problem.
> Do you remember when that was? Googling around I cant quickly find
> anything. Grep turn up no references for "vac" in any of the scripts.
Unfortunately, I don't seem to find it either; perhaps I did not
report it :-( It's not something particularly related to vacation,
even though vacation would be affected by it.
IIRC, it is about the same time when the "bitbucket" transport was
introduced that this got broken.
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