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Re: bash "pregnant pauses" revisited (B19 on NT 4.0)

|> I don't know what the default mail path for the bash.exe shipped with
|> B19 is (echo $MAILPATH or $MAIL doesn't print anything), but I took a
|> hex editor to look into the binary and found an instance of the string
|> "unknown" not far from occurances of MAIL and MAILPATH. I patched the
|> string from "unknown" to "no-idea", and guess what, the system started
|> to query my name server for "no-idea". Gotcha.

Read from line 1149 onwards in aclocal.m4 (in bash 2.01), that starts
with the very telling words:
  [AC_MSG_CHECKING(for default mail directory) 

and ends after lots of checking with:

Looks like whoever builds the distributions could make us all the favour
of first creating the directory /usr/spool/mail (or any of the other
ones that are checked for)?

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.  However, this is not
necessarily a good idea.  It is hard to be sure where they are going
to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly
overhead.  --RFC1925, "The Twelve Networking Truths"

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