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Re: edit root alias when installing the OS

On 1/4/06, Michael A. Peters <mpeters mac com> wrote:
On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 20:34 -0800, Florin Andrei wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-01-02 at 13:37 -0800, Jarod Wilson wrote:
> > On Sunday 01 January 2006 17:51, Florin Andrei wrote:
> > > Allowing the operator to enter an arbitrary email address to receive the
> > > email from root might be more realistic.
> >
> > I think I'm with Michael Peters on this one, it should go to a local user
> > first.
> Why not let the user chose?

The user can choose. The user can either set up the /etc/aliases file
themselves - or use procmail or whatever to do the forwarding.

Setting it up as a local user in firstboot is much more likely to work
without problems.

What happens when a user enters their e-mail address, and their e-mail
server rejects it because it is coming from what looks like a
compromised broadband host? (a lot of mail servers flat out reject
anything that looks like it is coming from a dsl/cable modem). Now you
have postfix sending a mail to root stating the message can't be
delivered, which gets forwarded to the same e-mail address - meanwhile,
unless the user reads the log, they may never know there is a problem.

Let those who have a reason to forward root's mail to an e-mail address
do so, they probably already know how - seeing as that's how they would
have to do it currently.

You make a very good point. It seems to me, all that is needed to make your method more friendly, is some GUI that specializes it making the default user aware of mail in their local inbox. Therefore a user wouldn't have to remember to drop down to a console or setup a mail client to read their local mail in order to be aware of what we can assume to be important messages.

As a boy I jumped through Windows, as a man I play with Penguins.
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