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Re: Anybody working on removing sendmail from base?

From: Matthew Dillon <dillon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 15:47:19 -0700 (PDT)

:I don't mean to reply to myself, but you guys aren't missing the fact
:that login(1) checks MAIL at login time? It doesn't care whether it's
:a directory or a file, I consider this a bug. At the least it should
:say "$MAIL is a directory." or be silent. Instead it tells the user
:"You have mail.". If this isn't a bug, think about whether MAIL should
:have to be set to an mbox style drop for the rest of FreeBSD's life--
:I hope not.

    This is a capability that was inherited from the original login 15+
    years ago.  It made sense back then but doesn't really make sense now.
    The check should be made in the interactive portion of /etc/csh.login

    For that matter, [t]csh has far better support for mail-checking.  It
    even has automatic timed events (a periodic function) built right into
    the shell.

					Matthew Dillon 

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