[arch-dev-public] mailx package

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Sat Nov 20 11:04:12 CET 2010

On Fri, 19 Nov 2010 23:44:13 +1000, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org>
> Hi,
> I was looking at the mailx package and was wondering what we should
> do with it.
> We grab the package source for "mailx-8.1.1-fixed" on
> ftp.archlinux.org...  but I have no idea what is "fixed" about it and
> we still patch the Makefile and for gcc-4.  It also does not use our
> CFLAGS/LDFLAGS when building.
> There are options here:
> 1) grab "updated" cvs snapshot from OpenBSD, which is apparently
> where Debian gets it from.  I'm not sure where exactly the cvs repo is
> though...
> 2) use heirloom-mailx (a.k.a. nail).  At least I can find a tarball
> from that, even if it has not seen a release in a couple of years. 
> This was requested in the bug tracker but was closed dues to no-one
> being motivated to change it after several years.
> 3) use GNU mailutils.  It looks actively developed (had a release in
> September), and is apparently fully compatible.  However, it also has
> more features and so is not as lightweight... probably going from
> 100KB to 1MB.
> Opinions?
> Allan

I'd say go with the simplest solution. I also wouldn't care about 900KB
more disk usage these days. So if the gnu mailutils just compile without
any patches that might be a good replacement.


PS: I have to admit I usually don't use the mail command anyway. :-)

Pierre Schmitz, https://users.archlinux.de/~pierre

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