Stefan Seyfried | 17 Nov 12:10 2010

Re: Procmail is not mantained

On Wed, 17 Nov 2010 01:28:24 +0100 (CET)
"Carlos E. R." <robin.listas <at>> wrote:

> I don't know what is wrong with procmail, I have no idea, but that the 
> fetchmail folks strongly recomend not to use it,

Which is very funny, if you look at the past and current fetchmail
developers and the code and the "funny" design decisions they have made.

Just look at both project's security track record...

> because it has been 
> abandoned 10 years ago.

I'd say it was finished 10 years ago. With no need to update because it is
feature complete and apparently pretty bugfree.

It seems that even the last five years of compiler improvements in
detecting overflows and such did not uncover flaws in procmail, which I
personally think is pretty impressive.

> I "love" procmail. It serves me perfectly. But it is scary that it has no 
> devs at all! Is somebody at openSUSE patching it if needed? Are there any 
> plans for a substitute?

What feature are you missing? What patch do you miss?

"Oh my god, nobody has improved the shape of the wheel since 100 years.
 Let's abandon all wheels immediately, they cannot possibly work

Stefan Seyfried

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"Well, surrounding them's out."