On Thursday 06 February 2003 09:11 pm, Kevin Stevens wrote:
> On Thursday, Feb 6, 2003, at 19:05 US/Pacific, David Syphers wrote:
> >>> sendmail_enable="NO"
> >>
> >> make this NONE
> >
> > Unfortunately, this is only valid in 4-stable. It was deprecated in
> > HEAD
> > September 3, 2002. I was hoping that the sendmail_submit_enable and
> > sendmail_outbound_enable switches (which I think are new) would have
> > the same
> > overall effect as NONE did in -stable.
> Thank god.  I wasn't around at the time, but whoever thought it was a
> good idea to take a *universally* understood binary choice like yes/no
> and add alternatives to it - well, hopefully they've had time to
> appreciate the zillions of posts by confused admins.

There was a long and heated debate around enabling sendmail when the idea of 
making the option tri-state came out as a reasonable compromise. Yes, it 
might have caused some confusion, but then again, so did the fact that 
sendmail_enable="NO" did _not_ turn off sendmail... But for better or worse 
it's gone now, apparently because it was incompatible with rcNG.


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would prefer that the government does it to somebody else. 
This is the idea behind foreign policy."
-P. J. O'Rourke

Astronomy and Astrophysics Center
The University of Chicago

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