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Re: sending email from Cygwin
- From: luke dot kendall at cisra dot canon dot com dot au
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 09:44:45 +1000 (EST)
- Subject: Re: sending email from Cygwin
On 14 Jul, Robert R Schneck wrote:
> > I also see that my /etc/ssmtp directory is completely empty. Someone
> > on the list mentioned /usr/local/exim/README.Cygwin, but there is no
> > /usr/local/exim directory on my machine.
> You should have read /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/ssmtp-2.60.9.README.
> It tells you how to create the config file. It has to be done
Thanks. And from looking through old email, I found afterwards that
there's something called ssmtp-config (it would be a nice thing to
mention in the see-also section of the ssmtp man page).
> Incidentally you don't need revaliases; it can be used if you want
> different users on your machine to send their mail via different
On Jul 14 12:45, Larry Hall wrote (to Corinna?):
> > At 11:07 AM 7/14/2004, you wrote:
> > >I don't think cron should contain a dependency to ssmtp though. It would
> > >be the same as to have a dependency to exim.
> > Well, I brought it up since it explicitly creates the link to ssmtp. An
> > easier alternative would simply be to check if ssmtp already exists before
> > creating the link, though that might not work as well in the cases where
> > both are being installed at the same time.
> > This isn't a big issue but it would make things more complete/correct.
> Methinks that a correct approach (for a given value of correct) would
> be to create the symlink in an ssmtp postinstall script. That's what
> exim does, too. Creating the symlink in the cron postinstall script
> was a hack at one point. I'd be happy to get rid of it.
Sounds good. For cron to work properly, it must be able to send mail,
so it has a weak dependency on *some* mail system. Tricky to describe,
I also imagine that if you choose to install "all", and so get both
exim and ssmtp, whichever is installed first makes the sendmail
I think that's interesting, too. One day it might be nice for packages
installed via setup, to interact with the user - e.g. to ask if the
current package should steal existing symlinks.
BTW, I'm replying separately to Pierre A. Humblet about the exim
Should I submit a patch of the ssmtp man page that fixes the two
problems I noticed? (/usr/lib/sendmail mentioned instead of
/usr/sbin/sendmail; no See Also mention of ssmtp-config.)
I also noticed that the exim man page doesn't mention that it can
replace sendmail, or that it creates a symlink to sendmail. In fact,
it doesn't even have a FILES section. It's auto-generated from
something else, though, so fixing that sounds awkward.
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