Hopeless cause

Amedee Van Gasse (ub) amedee-ubuntu at amedee.be
Fri Feb 19 13:59:46 UTC 2010

On Fri, February 19, 2010 13:54, Steve Lamb wrote:
> 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
> procmail.
> 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?

It was supposed to be a metaphore.
Don't get on your horse, it's only software...

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