> From: MX%"info-labview-request @
mil" 22-MAY-1996 08:08:12.91
> Subj: Re: Help! Compuserve Contact
> >Compuserve does the correct thing with bounced mail and sends the messages
> >to the "return-path" field.
> No it does not. return-path means nothing. Bounced mail should ONLY be sent
> to the SMTP envelope address. wow.com (compuserve's new toy online service)
> violates this with apparent impunity. One list I'm on has been hit so often
> by this that the admin now has a cron script running which purges wow.com
> from the list on an hourly (that's right, hourly) basis. Yes, the address
> keeps being re-subscribed (we have a feeling they're gatewaying it to an
> internal newsgroup or somesuch).
> >to the "return-path" field. For example, my list address is
> >immune @
edu and the admin address (an alias for my private
> >mailbox) is immune-request @
The retrun-path: line has the
> >immune-request address. Not all mailers show return-path, which is a shame
> >because it's extremely useful (seems to be dependent on the system settings
> >too since the same mailer on different machines show or not show it). Make
> >sure this field is set properly on your system. Your sysop should be the
> >one doing it.
> I'm the "sysop" on this machine and I can tell you that your last statement
> is erroneous. return-path is nonstandard. A properly configured mailer will
> ignore all fields in the message header and bounce failed mail to the
> address in the SMTP envelope. Why should I take the time and energy to hack
> my mailer to accommodate a large, for-cost online provider who can't get it
Excuse me - have you checked RFC's 821, 822 & 1123 lately?
Return-Path: IS, repeat IS a standard.
> Tom Coradeschi, Info-LabVIEW List Maintainer
> <info-labview-request @