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Re: [Nmh-workers] More old crap: "servers" entry in mts.conf

From: Jon Steinhart
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] More old crap: "servers" entry in mts.conf
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:17:56 -0800

> So I was wallowing through sbr/client.c, and I came across some weird
> code that kicks into place when you prefix a \01 in front of a hostname
> in the "servers" line in mts.conf.  It turns out that when you do that,
> the code in client.c calls getnetbyname() on this name and then
> iterates over all of the hosts available (using gethostent()) and tries
> to connect to every server on the named network.
> Since this won't work unless you have all of the relevant hosts in your
> /etc/hosts file (or you have them in YP/NIS/similar), and I personally
> find the utility of this feature rather dubious, I propose to junk
> this feature completely.  Objections?
> Obviously if this feature is removed, I'd update the man page.  I seem
> to remember that the default mts.conf had this as an example, but it seems
> like that's been cleaned up for a while now.
> --Ken

I'd vote for getting rid of it.


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