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Re: [bug-mailutils] Mail, sends to dead.letter once in a while, to black

From: Jordi Mallach
Subject: Re: [bug-mailutils] Mail, sends to dead.letter once in a while, to black hole mostly
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:30:41 +0200

Hi Gene,

El dc 03 de 07 de 2013 a les 06:48 -0400, en/na Gene Heskett va
> No luck this morning, no mail from amanda either.  So I went to check, 
> "which mail" returned a null.  Man mail also failed.  Removing the bsd-
> mailx package with synaptic removed the manpages and executables of 
> mailutils!
> So I "re-installed" mailutils and the -mh addition.  Now I have a man page 
> that bears little resemblance to the one I was looking at 2 days ago when I 
> started on this quest to make local mail work like it used to on other 
> installs since 1998.
> And "which mail" now returns: /usr/bin/mail like it should.
> So add this bit of trivia to your box of clues for new bee's like me.  But 
> there's nothing new about me, 78 yo retire broadcast engineer, and type 2 
> diabetic, my warranty expired 25 years ago.
> Removing bsd-mailx /after/ installing mailutils, _WILL_ remove the docs and 
> executables of mailutils.

If I followed you correctly, it makes little sense.

In Debian based systems, /usr/bin/mailx is a symlink pointing to the
alternatives system. Currently there are 3 different implementations of
mailx packaged in Debian: mailutils', heirloom's and BSD's.

You can install all three in parallel, but of course only one will take
over the symlink.

To configure which takes precedence, update-alternatives --config mailx

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