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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] More NetBSD fixes
From: Jed Brown (jed_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-01-15 08:10:43


On Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:55:06 -0500, Jeff Squyres <jsquyres_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> That being said, you could sign up on it and then set your membership to receive no mail...?

This is especially dangerous because the Open MPI lists munge the
Reply-To header, which is a bad thing

  http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html

But lots of mailers have poor default handling of mailing lists, so it's
complicated.

With munging, a mailer's "reply-to-sender" function will send mail
*only* to the list and "reply-to-all" will send it to the list and any
other recipients, but *not* the sender (unless the mailer does special
detection of munged reply-to headers). This makes it rather difficult
to participate in a discussion without receiving mail from the list, or
even to reliably filter list traffic (you have to write filter rules
that walk the References tree to find if it is something that would be
interesting to you, and then you get false positives from people who
reply to an existing thread when they wanted to make a new thread).

Jed