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Re: lynx-dev lynx: ftp anonymous password

From: Al Gilman
Subject: Re: lynx-dev lynx: ftp anonymous password
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 10:36:16 -0500

At 08:01 AM 2002-02-16 , you wrote:
>It is alleged that Eduardo Pérez once typed:
>> On 2002-02-15 15:54:15 -0500, David Mosher wrote:
>> > But many users don't know how to set this up. or, even if they do, are
>> > running Lynx on remote systems where it may be difficult.  Others rely on
>> > DHCP to provide what they consider to be adequate, if modest, "IP address
>> > anonymity".  In any case, the fact that there are alternatives doesn't
>> > excuse coughing up info unnecessarily.
>> What's more important, no program should send private information
>> without the user knowledge.
>Lynx doesn't send private information without the users knowledge,
>assuming that the user reads the documentation:
>" For anonymous ftp, Lynx uses your personal_mail_address (address@hidden) as
>the password  if  it  has  been defined via the 'o'ptions menu.
>Otherwise, Lynx uses the dummy password WWWUser."
>Quoted from: lynx/lynx_help/lynx_url_support.html#ftp
>So no problem on that front.

This is still a problem.

The personal mail address is needed for copy-self when sending mail, even when
you do not wish to disclose it in anonymous FTP.

There should be separate controls for more different cases where your email
address is used.

Having to flip into O)ptions to change your email of record (across all
potential uses by the program) whenever you happen to want to do an anonymous
FTP is not usable.  Real users will never do it.


>  "Ask not what I can do for the stupid, 
>         but what the stupid can do for me" - Graeme Garden
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