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Re: Parsing of machine::user@relay syntax...

On Fri, 17 Nov 1995, Jens Petersohn wrote:

> We have a couple of machines at our site that are only connected via DECnet.
> When someone sends mail to our DECnet/SMTP host, and the mail is forwared
> from there to a SMTP machine, the address appears as follows at the
> destination:
> 	dechost::user@relay
> where dechost is the DECnet only machine, user the user there, and relay
> the host that has both DECnet and SMTP on it. This address goes through
> VMS PMDF and BSD sendmail just fine, but zmailer (2.99.?) chokes on it
> with the following error:
> 	dechost:  :user@relay
> 	        ^-illegal end of address
> I traced the sequencer, and this message is generated before any parsing by
> the router() or crossbar() is done, so I cannot fix it in the scripts.
> Has anyone seen this problem before and (beg/hope) fixed it?

  The ":" is used as mail path separator.  See RFC 821.

  You decnet <-> ip gateway should be doing this:

  dechost::user -> user@dechost.relay