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Re: edit root alias when installing the OS

On Jan 04, 2006, at 09:22, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:

Am Dienstag, den 03.01.2006, 23:35 -0800 schrieb Jesse Keating:
On Tue, 2006-01-03 at 23:24 -0800, Jarod Wilson wrote:

My belief is that there are too many users who don't, and making it
easy for them to shoot themselves in the foot would lead to more
trouble than its worth. But for giggles, since I'm in the process of
trying to teach myself python, perhaps I'll try to put something
together that does give users the choice...

Why not both? When creating a user, have a checkbox to 'deliver root's
email to this user', then also have a input dialog that says 'forward
this user's email to "______" address'. This way multiple users can be
listed in the root alias, and each user can have their local mail
delivered elsewhere if desired.

Just my $0.02

I really like the idea.

I'm starting to come around to it, just so long as its made blatantly obvious to the user that there could be complications. Could use some additional feedback, question coming after some background... I started out w/simply adding a checkbox to the create user module in firstboot, then today started working on a new module "Admin Email", with the intention of putting three options on it, delivery admin email to local root, to local user created on the create user screen and to an external email account, with all editing done to /etc/ aliases. I'm definitely liking the idea of only pointing /etc/aliases to other local user accounts, then creating a .forward file to move the email outside of the system, since as Jesse points out, it gives you a bit more flexibility.

So now for that question... :) Create a new module, or add this all to the create user module? I think I'm leaning toward putting it all in the create user module at the moment.

Here's sort of what I'm currently envisioning:

Add to the user creation module -
  - a checkbox for "deliver root mail to this user"
- another checkbox for "deliver this user's mail to an external email address
  - a field for the user to input an external email address

Now, in my first cut, I was checking to see if there was already an alias for root, and then spitting out an error to tell the user root email was already configured to be redirected (and where), and to edit /etc/aliases to change it. Y'all think it would be better to prompt the user if a root alias is already present, asking if they want to 1) leave the root alias alone, 2) append to the root alias or 3) replace the root alias?

This gets a little sticky and tedious if multiple users are created w/ in firstboot though... (does anyone do that? nb: I don't actually create ANY users in firstboot these days, I use network auth, but this is a fun and useful excercise. :)

Jarod Wilson
jarod wilsonet com

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