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Re: [Nmh-workers] Segfault in post from mime quoted names in aliases

From: Paul Vixie
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Segfault in post from mime quoted names in aliases
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:44:49 -0700
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> On Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:55:19 -0400, Ken Hornstein said:
>> Normally I would suggest deprecating this feature and then removing it
>> after the next release, but it's impacting reasonable behavior NOW, and
>> fixing the core dump issue here just means trying to comprehend a pile
>> of code that's just a mess and that we all agree needs to go.  So what
>> do people think of just getting rid of all of it now?
> The chances that somebody is *still* relying on using /etc/groups as a
> mailing list database, *and* likely to upgrade to the next release of nmh,
> are vanishingly slim.  I say heave it over the side and mention it in the
> Changelog, and move on.


>  I've only been using an MH derivative since 1988,
> and even back then I would have called using /etc/groups for that a totally
> bonkers idea, since it's overloading group semantics with possible security
> implications...

since it was the only application for getgrent other than groups(1), i
have always thought this was quaint. however, large timeshared single
instance systems will never increase in population, and will decrease.
it's far more likely that i will have 100 small system images, most of
which have only be in the /etc/groups file, then that any system image
will ever again have 100 users with mailboxes and shell access.

P Vixie

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