Hopeless cause

Steve Lamb grey at dmiyu.org
Fri Feb 19 12:54:30 UTC 2010

On 02/19/2010 12:59 AM, Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:
> On Fri, February 19, 2010 09:17, Steve Lamb wrote:
>>       Uh... no.  The whole point of a mailing list is to avoid CC creep.
>> Tell
>> me, how do you unsubscribe from a CC list?

> man procmailrc is your friend

     4 points of failure here.

1: This presumes people are using local delivery for filtering.  The default 
MUA installed in Ubuntu, Evolution, has no such requirement and thus has no 
need of procmail.

2: That those people using local delivery have installed an MTA which requires 
an MDA.  Not all MTAs do.  In fact the MTA I use for over a decade which does 
do filtering does not require an MDA, let alone the bastardization known as 

3: That given the above two procmail is even installed.  To wit:
{grey at mania:~} man procmailrc
No manual entry for procmailrc

4: That any of this is relevant to the question I asked.  I asked, 
specifically, how one gets unsubscribed from a CC list.  I did not ask how one 
filters unwanted CCs from a list.  There's a reason for this not-so-subtle 
distinction.  Filtering happens AFTER THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN RECEIVED while 
unsubscribing PREVENTS DELIVERY FROM EVEN HAPPENING.  On a rate limited line 
the two are not equivalent.

     So exactly what point were you trying to make by directing me to the man 
page of a piece of software that isn't installed, doesn't need to be installed 
on multiple levels nor addresses the point I made?

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