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Subject: Re: What mail software?
From: Paul Graham <pjg @ acsu . buffalo . EDU>
Date: 06 Feb 1997 21:49:37 -0500
To: nolan @ tssi . com
Cc: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: Mike Nolan's message of Thu, 6 Feb 1997 15:26:25 -0600 (CST)
References: <199702062126 . PAA22457 @ celery . tssi . com>

you give the impression that you don't know what ``variable envelope reply
paths'' are.  the fact that a bounce gets back to qmail means the software
can determine the orginal destination.  i think that's the essence of
bounce processing.  this technique is sufficient powerful that it forms the
basis for what l-soft calls bounce-free processing in the current release
of listserv.  it's sufficiently useful that i'm surprised that everyone with
a non-trivial source of bounces doesn't insist that their mta support

of course if the bounce is sent to originator or the the list then the mlm
won't get a chance to process it.

>>>>> "MN" == Mike Nolan <nolan @
 celery .
 tssi .
 com> writes:
    MN> This is sort of a negative proof, in the absence of evidence that
    MN> qmail cannot figure out SOME arcane or misguided e-mail bounce.
    MN> (That is what we're talking about, right?  I hope I don't have that
    MN> confused, too!  This whole thread is dealing more with semantics
    MN> than with specifics.)

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