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Bug 578996

Summary: virtual/mailx: opensmtpd missing
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: fkater <fkater>
Component: Current packagesAssignee: No maintainer - Look at if you want to take care of it <maintainer-needed>
Status: UNCONFIRMED ---    
Severity: normal CC: net-mail+disabled, sam
Priority: Normal    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Description fkater 2016-04-04 09:14:38 UTC
IMHO virtual/mailx should be satisfied by opensmptd, too.  This package is,
however, not listed in none of the virtual/mailx ebuilds.

As a result, e.g. sys-power/apcupsd pulls in virtual/mailx which in turn pulls
in mail packages like mailx even if opensmtpd is present.

Reproducible: Always
Comment 1 fkater 2016-09-19 07:53:32 UTC
FYI: Still an issue.
Comment 2 fkater 2017-02-15 09:14:10 UTC
Still an issue...
Comment 3 Gabriel 2020-09-12 08:57:32 UTC
fkater: out of curiosity, how will you read mails if mailx doesn't pull e.g., mailutils? I don't think opensmtpd provides such utilities.
Comment 4 fkater 2020-09-12 15:52:32 UTC
Maybe we can see it the other way round.

apcupsd (which is for the uninterruptable power supplies from APC) is a
package that wants to send out notifications via email.

If virtual/mailx is meant for enabling an OS to send *and* receive mail, then
it shouldn't be pulled in by packages that simply send.

We'd probably require something like virtual/sendmail or so and make apcupsd
depend on that. Especially in the times of IMAP.
Comment 5 Eray Aslan gentoo-dev 2020-09-19 06:51:00 UTC
I think virtual/mailx is meant for different implementations of standard /bin/mail interface

I am not really familiar with opensmtpd