Subject: Formal Complain
To: None <>
From: Medi Montaseri <>
List: tech-net
Date: 06/26/2000 17:50:13
I guess I'd like to post my formal complain against Gods of NetBSD
and their i386 1.4.2 sendmail-8.9.3 packaging. Very poorly done.

The above sendmail package comes with a which has the
mailertable rulesets commented out. This cost me a few days. 
Obviously not a good first impression. 

You never mess with rulesets, not in the last few years.
thing should be managed from above via m4(1). Yes, in the old days, 
that is how we did it. And I'm glad I was there to get my hand dirty
and now I can fix this. But, the pase is simply too fast now.

The said has the "mailertable" feature (along a few other
but the line is commented out. So one uncomments that and thinks that
is it. Populate the files, makemap(1) them and that is it.

No, you now have to follow the rules to see what portions have further
been commented out. And of course the rule-id itself is there, so
the thread hits S90 and comes right back up with no error. But no 
translation was done because the body of S90 was commented out.

The other problem was that, the "Kmailertable" had a 'dbm' type,
and makemap(1) says 'dbm' type is not supported in this version.

Further, the current shows inclusion of "netbsd" as OSTYPE.
But guess what, sendmail does not have this under its m4/cf directory.
So now you have to understand that, that is really a bsd4.4.

This reminds of Linux a few years that where you guys are...
Medi Montaseri, Director of Software Eng,, Ext 2002