Re: source dependencies cleanup? (fwd)

Kai Henningsen (
07 Dec 1996 14:27:00 +0200

rohrer@obey.reply-to.line (Keith Rohrer) wrote on 05.12.96 in <>:

> > > > You could write the Configure program in Common LISP, also!
> > > > Common LISP's source is only 16871K, after all, and
> > > > it's *much* more powerful and easy to use than BASH!
> > >
> > > Thanks, but no thanks. The one LISP class I took a few years ago was
> > > enough LISP for me. :-)
> > > Now COBOL...there's an idea... *grin*
> > Heck, why not Smalltalk? Or Forth? Or Prolog? >;]
> None of those are particularly suited to the task. Howsabout Intercal (with
> its paucity of features, it should be easy to support) or "" (the
> language most people dealing with extremely hairy configurations are used
> to already)? Plus, most everyone has sendmail, and most everyone who
> has sendmail has up-to-the-minute sources.

"Most everyone has sendmail" - maybe, but why?

Rather than the security hole of the week, I'd install smail. It's good
enough for most situations, and it's far easier than sendmail (and of
course, it has far less security holes).

It's the default MTA for Debian, anyway.

(I've used it successfully for a situation I had thought I'd need sendmail
for - all I needed was a little script and sed, and smail did all the
rest. There's not much smail can't do.)

MfG Kai