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Subject: Re: How to handle reply-quoted commands?
From: Daniel Liston <dliston @ sonny . org>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 05:02:58 -0500
To: Scott Hawley <spam4scott @ yahoo . com>
Cc: majordomo-users @ greatcircle . com
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User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624 Netscape/7.1 (ax)

Yes, one character can and does render majordomo
impotent in this case.  The instructions state
"exactly" as shown.  Exactly does not include a >
at the beginning of the line.

There is a patch that allows majordomo to be a bit
more newbie friendly in this regard.

Dan Liston

Scott Hawley wrote:

> Hi,
>   Not to get myself flamed out of existence, but...I
> couldn't find this anywhere in the FAQ and the
> majordomo-users archive doesn't seem to be searchable.
>   I would have thought that this would be a common
> question:
> How do I get majordomo to handle (i.e. not ignore)
> lines that begin with ">"?
> I want (my users) to be able to just reply to the
> confirmation e-mail.  Majordomo seems to get confused
> by the (now-standard) ">" quote marks in an e-mail,
> so, e.g.,  a line with an "auth" command in it isn't
> processed if it begins with a ">".   This is really
> inconvenient...I know that imailsrv has a statement
> like "If you have a normal mail program, you can
> probably just reply to this e-mail"... Presumably
> majordomo is not rendered impotent by the appearance
> of one character? 
> I'm using OS X and even if I copy & paste the
> "auth" command, it somehow magically carries along
> that fact that it's quoted text (even if I copy only a
> subset of the string!), so I can't seem to get rid of
> the ">"...well not with copying to a text editor,
> removing the ">", and recopying back into the
> message...and that should not be necessary.
> Thanks.
> Scott
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