[Alpine-info] "Document Request" and "alpine-count"
dougb at FreeBSD.org
Mon May 30 13:46:08 PDT 2011
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On 05/09/2011 10:42, Benjamin R. Haskell wrote:
| On Mon, 9 May 2011, vex at vin.bg.ac.rs wrote:
|> Hello all,
|> I searched on Google and this mailing list archive, but couldn't find
|> the explanation to this:
|> I have 3 messages stuck in my mailq looking like this:
|> From: hash_08298838 at ourdomain.com
|> To: alpine-count at docserver.cac.washington.edu
|> Subject: Document Request
|> Message-ID: <alpine.LNX.2.00.1105051008420.4165 at host.ourdomain.com>
|> User-Agent: Alpine 2.00 (LNX 1167 2008-08-23)
|> Document request: Alpine-2.00 for New Users
|> (NOTE: ourdomain.com was put instead of the real domain)
|> Did users press something in Alpine to trigger this? We don't have any
|> users in form of hash_nnnnnnnn at ourdomain.com, why are they sending
|> anything to alpine-count at docserver.cac.washington.edu and what do
|> "Subject: Document Request" and message body "Document request:
|> Alpine-2.00 for New Users" mean?
|> Thanks in advance for any kind of info and sorry if this was already
|> asked, as I said I didn't find much info using search.
| This is part of PINE's phone_home routine that Alpine inherited. If you
| start Alpine for the first time, it prompts with a one-time message
| asking if you want to send an anonymous message to be counted as an
| Alpine user. I wouldn't be surprised if that UW address were
| Since the main point of the phone_home was to provide justification for
| continued development efforts from the UW staff, which have now been
| discontinued, it probably makes sense to remove this entirely from Alpine.
| The variables that control whether that prompt is displayed can't be
| overridden at a systemwide level, unfortunately, so you can't just pop
| something into /etc/pine.conf. Google «disable Alpine greeting text» for
| more discussions.
| If you really need these messages stopped now, you can patch Alpine to
| do nothing in the phone_home() function (in alpine/send.c around line
| 5472). (Quicker and easier than trying to excise it.) e.g.:
| phone_home(char *addr)
| return; /* insert this line */
| char tmp[MAX_ADDRESS];
| ENVELOPE *outgoing;
I just added a more complete patch to the FreeBSD port of Alpine if
anyone is interested:
Nothin' ever doesn't change, but nothin' changes much.
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