[Mageia-dev] [RFC] msec (nail) can't send reports to local users accounts - require an MTA?

Florian Hubold doktor5000 at arcor.de
Wed Sep 21 20:35:38 CEST 2011


during validation of validation of msec/sectool update candidates,
a problem showed up: https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1621
Seems mailx (on behalf of msec) can't send mails to local user accounts
due to missing sendmail, citing one of the comments:

    But sendmail (or alternative) is required for local delivery.
    Try it out for yourself

    $ mailx -v -s "test mail" root
    /usr/lib/sendmail: No such file or directory
    "/home/derek/dead.letter" 9/214
    . . . message not sent.

This results in msec reports ending as /dead.letter and never being
sent to the user who was specified in msec configuraion or during
initial installation of Mageia.

So i added a require on sendmail to msec. But sendmail conflicts
with vacation, and more importantly with postfix.
So how to solve this mess? Do we want the reports to not be sent
to some local user account, we can leave it like it is and i'll
remove the require on sendmail.

But if we want security reports to be sent to local users if they
specify so, how to proceed further?

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