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Linux Standard Base sendmail dummy

The Linux Standard Base (http://linuxbase.org/) is a standard core system that third-party applications written for GNU/Linux can depend upon.

This package contains nothing else than a fake /usr/sbin/sendmail command to fulfill the LSB's requirement of providing this command without requiring an MTA to get installed, which once introduces a daemon which can cause security problems and second, users get asked questions about how they want their MTA configured when in reality they simply wanted to install a desktop application or a printer driver, but the dependency on LSB compliance pulls in an MTA with the installation.

The LSB requirement on /usr/sbin/sendmail comes from old times where Linux and UNIX machines had all fixed IPs and did server tasks in data centers. Today's typical desktop Linux machines do not do local e-mail any more as users use external e-mail services.

The /usr/sbin/sendmail always exits with exit status -1 (255) and sends a warning message to stderr, so that if a program actually tries to send e-mail via the sendmail command the user gets note.

Description and files inside this package were suggested in Debian LSB.

Source Files (show merged sources derived from linked package)

Filename Size Changed Actions
lsb-invalid-mta.changes 139 Bytes Download File
lsb-invalid-mta.spec 2.6 KB Download File

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