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Re: [alpine-devel] considering packaging another mailx

From: Natanael Copa <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:46:01 +0100

On Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:35:36 -0800
Isaac Dunham <> wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 04:15:35PM +0100, Natanael Copa wrote:
> > I'm bringing up this old issue because there are a couple of CVE issues:
> >
> >
> > Do you think it would be possible to completely replace main/mailx with
> > heirloom-mailx without breaking too much? More specifically, does
> > heirloom/mailx' mail implementation support all the args in current
> > mail/mailx?
> >
> > -nc
> Yes.
> heirloom-mailx does not mention -v in its help, but seems to accept it.
> Other options/arguments seem to be compatible.

I'm thinking how to do this for stable to fix the CVE issues. I looked
at backporting the patches to our version but that seems like alot of
work so I don't think that is a good option.

It seems that heirloom-mailx also introduces krb5 dependency. I think
we don't want that for stable, but it also looks like its optional.

The /etc/mail.rc has been renamed to /etc/nail.rc but I suppose we can
add a pre-upgrade script that will rename existing /etc/mail.rc
to /etc/nail.rc and add a symlink /etc/mail.rc.

There is also a heirloom-mailx fork named s-nail. I don't know if that
is a better alternative.

other thoughts?


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