[Logwatch-Devel] initprint mail mailx nail etc...

Paweł Gołaszewski blues at ds.pg.gda.pl
Thu Nov 17 07:40:39 MST 2005


On Wed, 16 Nov 2005, Mike Tremaine wrote:
> I guess it is time to bring this up again since someone on the logwatch 
> list pointed out that SuSe is not shipping with /bin/mail installed but 
> rather is using "nail". The initprint routine that handles the call to 
> the mailer currently has 3 or 4 different mailer calls to handle Linux 
> vs SunOS vs mime-encoded html... With the SuSe issue and the fact that 
> others will turn to nail as a solution it means that it is time to go 
> back and fixed this right. Here is the solutions I can see. Go with a 
> pure sendmail call, I've got existing code samples that will handle this 
> no problem. Exim and Postfix have sendmail compatibility so generally 
> sendmail is probably more standard then /bin/mail. It also likely to be 
> about half the amount of code. Or restructure the code so that more of 
> the command line flags are handled by the logwatch.conf "mailer= 
> variable" rather then hard coded into this subroutine. That way if a 
> distros want to change from /bin/mail to /use/bin/nail or 
> /usr/sbin/sendmail or whatever it would have a chance of happening 
> cleanly. The first solution is easier in that it would probably take 
> about 30mins to code and test. But I figured I'd post this before I 
> actually dive in. As always, thought, comments, outrage :) send it all.

Why not to use dedicated perl module Mail::Sendmail ?
It makes all of the mailer-plays platform-independent.

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