ifmail ambiguities

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Sat, 19 Jul 1997 08:32:51 -0700 (PDT)

Hi! Y'all have been very kind so far in helping me get started as a new
ifmail and FIDO user. To date, your help has enabled me to finally
compile ifmail successfully, and even (after some ambiguity) to get the
'make install' to succeed without generating an error.

HOWEVER, there is some ambiguity that remains. Pablo left some
recommendations regarding a line to include in /etc/passwd for ifmail as
well as some other details like chown and chmod permissions. But the
ifmail package's default configuration seeks a user named 'ifmail', not
'fnet' as Pablo suggests in his 'fnet:*:2200:14:fnet:/usr/lib/ifmail:'
line to add to /etc/passwd. And my friend, John Mudge, tells me 'fido'
is a user that Binkley (the linux version) expects to find when polling a
linux FIDO front end. Surely one does not need a separate user name for
each/every linux based FIDO mailer that has been developed?

And then there is the small matter of it appearing, at first glance, the
'*' denies ANY login for 'fnet' as represented by the above string if
included in the /etc/passwd file. What about the empty space following
the final ':' in that string? Doesn't this imply that no login can
succeed because no login binary or executable process has been defined?

Yes, docs (or help) would indeed speed thing along for newbies....if the
docs or help is ACCURATE. Anybody have the lowdown on this? Am I
interpretting this all too literally?