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Minor fixes in man pages, reported by lintian(1)
author markus schnalke <>
date Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:22:51 +0200
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1 This NEWS file lists changes which may be important for you, especially
2 in regard to compatiblity in upgrades.
4 See ChangeLog file for more details and technical changes that don't
5 affect users directly.
7 The manual pages describe newly added options. Take them for reference.
10 0.2.30
12 - Fixed a possible security problem, reported by John Lightsey. Unwanted
13 identity changes to the user root could have appeared.
16 0.2.29
18 - Fixed a problem with folded headers. In earlier versions mail to
19 many recipients may, in unpredictable cases, only have been delivered
20 to the ones on the first line. This is fixed now. Sorry for the
21 inconvenience.
24 0.2.28
26 - Added STARTTLS support with external wrappers like OpenSSL. See
27 `wrapper' and `instant_helo' in masqmail.route(5) for examples how to
28 use it. `instant_helo' is a new route config option.
31 0.2.27
33 - Replaced contributed code with possible licensing problems with
34 alternatives. The MD5 implementation changed from the reference
35 implementation of RFC 1321 to the Public Domain implementation of
36 Solar Designer. The HMAC-MD5 implementation changed from the reference
37 implementation of RFC 2104 to an own implementation (ISC License).
39 - Added the authors of contributed parts to the AUTHORS file.
42 0.2.26
44 - Write a log message when the daemon starts up. Thanks to Juergen
45 Daubert.
47 - Fix handling of --with-liblockfile=no or --without-liblockfile for
48 configure script. Thanks to Nico Roeser.
50 - Improved the INSTALL file and some man pages. Thanks to Nico Roeser
51 Improved the documentation of the wrapper option of route files.
54 0.2.25
56 - Added server-side SMTP SIZE support. Thanks to Paolo.
58 - Masqmail will from now on:
59 o always remove Bcc: headers
60 o never create headers from envelope recipients
61 o add ``To: undisclosed-recipients:;'' if no recipient header (To:
62 or Cc:) is present in the mail
64 - Colons (`:') don't need to be quoted in the config file anymore.
65 Thanks to Paolo.
67 - Added checks for too long addresses in SMTP dialog. Thanks to Paolo.
69 - Moved rmail to sbin and added a man page for it.
71 - Added Thanks to Paolo.
73 - The tests do not get installed any longer. All on install created
74 dirs are removed on uninstall, except they contain generated data like
75 logs, spooled files, or configuration.
77 - Documented some, yet undocumented, config options. Several typo
78 fixes in man pages and code comments.
81 0.2.24
83 - This version keeps on logging after an restart of the deamon, for
84 instance when sending SIGHUP to the daemon process for rereading its
85 config.
87 - Now the daemon keeps the same process id when it receives SIGHUP to
88 reread the config.
90 - Mail messages with lines longer than 4096 characters do not get
91 truncated anymore.
93 - Fixed checking of the trusted group. Primary groups are now
94 detected too.
96 - Mservdetect's man page is now in section 1.
98 - An `rmail' command is now included and gets installed with
99 masqmail. See docs/uucp-setup for more information.
101 - Docs and thelike, that masqmail installs, is removed on uninstall
102 now.
105 0.2.23
107 - This release fixes a major bug in 0.2.22 which made online detection
108 by file unusable. Thanks to Juergen Daubert for reporting and providing
109 a patch.
111 - Masqmail installs to /usr/local by default now. Previously it
112 installed to /usr. To regain the old behavior, add
113 --prefix=/usr
114 to the configure call.
116 - Man pages get installed again; in 0.2.22 they were not. Again thanks
117 to Juergen Daubert. Docs and examples do get installed now too.
119 - Updated the docs. Moved the man pages from docs/ to man/. Added the
120 old manual from the old website to the distribution. Added a bug
121 reporting howto.
124 0.2.22
126 - Hello, I'm meillo, the new maintainer and developer of masqmail. Oku
127 handed masqmail over to me, because he wasn't active anymore.
129 - This release includes various fixes for problems in 0.2.21, mainly
130 based on bugs from Debian.
132 - Distribution specific data has been excluded from the distribution,
133 but is separately available on the project's website.
135 - Man pages will not be generated from xml sources in future, but the
136 nroff sources will be maintained directly.
138 - The default online status file is now
139 /var/run/masqmail/masqmail-route, as it already was in the Debian
140 package.
143 0.2.21
145 - Retrospective: Probably, this version was not published in the usual
146 way by oku. I (meillo) grabbed it from Debian's package archive. It does
147 not introduce new functions but fixes security problems, such as writing
148 log files as user `mail'. It also changes the location for pid files;
149 they are stored in /var/run/masqmail/ now.
152 0.2.18
154 - delivery warnings and failures are now also implemented if the
155 connection to a server fails. Because masqmail is designed for dialup
156 networks, a connection failure will merely generate a warning by default.
157 If you deliver in a local network and use the default local_net route,
158 this would generte a failure. You can change this behaviour by setting
159 'connect_error_fail' to either true or false in the route configurations.
161 0.2.17
163 - delivery warnings have been finally implemented: if delivery of a mail
164 fails temporarily, warning mail will be generated, informing the sender
165 of the problem. After some time, the mail will be handled as failing
166 permanently, and be bounced. New options: 'warn_intervals',
167 'max_defer_time' and 'warnmsg_file'.
169 - the message templates for failures and warnings will now be installed
170 into /usr/share/masqmail/tpl/, and no longer to /etc/masqmail/tpl/. The
171 default for the search path (options 'errmsg_file' and 'warnmsg_file'
172 has been changed accordingly.
174 - new option 'last_route'. See man 5 masqmail.route.
176 0.2.12
177 two new options have been added:
178 - do_pipelining will be used only in broken mail setups. Actually, I
179 implemented it only to test such a setup.
181 - helo_name for routes sets the helo_name. This may be useful for
182 eg. ssh tunneling, or if do_correcthelo does not work, because you are
183 behind a firewall.
185 - the old 'remote_port' option should not be used any more. Set the
186 port with mail_host="" in the route file instead.
188 0.2.11
190 - two new options have been added: do_save_envelope_to for the main
191 configuration and map_h_mail_followup_to_addresses for the route
192 files. See the man pages on purpose and usage.
194 - the route files can now be mode 0400, owned by root. Previous
195 versions had problems when sendmail was called directly by a
196 non-priviledged user, because the route files could not be read.
198 0.2.10
200 - this version should work on FreeBSD. At least I care now if it does not.
202 - masqmail now writes pid files to /var/run/, one for the smtp/queue
203 daemon and one for the get daemon. So you now know whom to kill ;-)
205 - much effort has been put into the Debian package, which now uses debconf.
207 0.2.7
209 - sorry for my reluctany in the last months...
210 - my email address is I hope that I keep this for the rest
211 of my life...
213 0.2.6
215 - you can configure the prefered local delivery mechanism for each user. See
216 man page masqmail.conf (5), options mbox_default, mbox_users, mda_users and
217 maildir_users. BIT FAT NOTE: if you used an mda, set mbox_default = "mda"
218 (or use the mda_users option). Just setting mda is not enough any more.
220 - there are the allowed_return_paths and not_allowed_return_paths for the
221 route configurations, this enables better checking for return path addresses
222 than allowed_mail_locals. You can also use this to enable or disable messages
223 from null sender addresses (<>) using "<>".
224 note: this option has been there for quite a time... I just forgot to document it.
226 0.2.5
228 - simple relay checking: if you set do_relay=false in masqmail.conf, users
229 with a return path that is not local will get a 550 reply if they try to
230 deliver to a not local address. This is for users to force them to have a
231 proper configuration. It is _not_ to prevent spammers from using your MTA
232 as a relay, it can be easily forged! masqmail is not designed to be an always
233 accessible MTA for an internet site.
235 - added Maildir support. To use it, add --enable-maildir as ./configure
236 optiom. Currently, if enabled, all local deliveries are to Maildir
237 (in ~user/Maildir), and none to mailbox. This is preliminary, future versions
238 will be configurable (probably together with mda delivery).
240 0.2.4
242 - added -v option, this logs to stdout, so you see what happens when
243 calling masqmail from command line. This is not yet finished, and only
244 for fetching mails completed.
246 0.2.3
248 - new option lock_dir where locks will be put to. Defaults to the spool
249 dir with '/lock/' appended (if spool_dir is /var/spool/masqmail/, lock_dir
250 is /var/spool/masqmail/lock/).
252 - You can use the 'do_uidl_dele' option more reliably. The uidl list
253 will be written immediately after a message was fetched, so if you use the
254 do_uidl and do_uidl_dele option you can safely interrupt masqmail when it is
255 getting mail via pop3, and do not get the message again next time.
257 - there are a lot of new options for ./configure to customize masqmail
258 to your needs. See INSTALL.
260 - Uli Funcke sent a patch with the new options 'local_addresses' and
261 'not_local_addresses' for masqmail.conf. With these, you can declare single
262 email addresses as local, though they normally are not, and vice versa,
263 declare addresses as not local though normally they are (determined with
264 local_hosts). These options are not yet documented.
266 0.2.2
267 - with -go5m you can now run a get daemon, the command 'masqmail -go5m' will fetch
268 mail every five minutes, using the detected online configuration.
270 0.2.1
272 - there is a new option for the main conf: online_gets. Using this option,
273 you can retrieve mail with just calling masqmail -go, masqmail will detect
274 whether it is online (similar to connect_routes (which is now called
275 online_routes)).
277 0.2.0
279 This is the first release of he development branch of masqmail
281 - the default configuration is now /etc/masqmail/masqmail.conf
282 (as it already was for the debian package). The --with-conffile
283 option for configure has been replaced by the --with-confdir option.
285 - added delivery failure notices:
286 o you can customize your own delivery failure report, its
287 default location is /etc/masqmail/tpl/failmsg.tpl
288 o if a delivery via a route fails permanently (the server replied with a 5xx status)
289 the message will be bounced, if it is bounced, no further delivery will be attempted.
290 This is different to previous versions, where failed messages were kept in the queue until
291 it was finally delivered, deleted or forever.
293 - there is a new online detection method: pipe. This allows you more
294 flexibility to detect the current online status, eg. the DHCP status on notebooks.
296 This method will once replace the 'mserver' option,
297 you can already use the program mservdetect to use it:
299 online_method=pipe
300 online_pipe="/usr/bin/mservdetect localhost 222"
302 instead of
304 online_detect=mserver
305 mserver_iface="localhost:222"
307 0.1.9
309 - you can use pipes in routes to implement gateways to uucp, fax, sms etc.
310 The setup is similar to mda transport. See man pages.
312 - for each connection (connect_routes), you can now give a list of
313 route files, which will be used in the order given. You can use the
314 filter rules (allowed_* and not_allowed_* rules) within each route.
316 0.1.8
318 - for pop retrieval and smtp sending you can use a wrapper for eg. ssl
319 tunneling. See man pages.
321 - a user can delete his mail from the spool with -Mrm if received
322 locally, and if you configure with --enable-ident and set
323 ident_trusted_nets also if received via smtp.
325 - a backslash now works to escape characters in the configuration, so
326 you can now use quotes inside quotes. All other characters with a
327 leading backslash will be converted to itself (\a becomes a, \\
328 becomes \).
330 - you can now use an mda for local mails. The mda will be called
331 *after* alias expansion. See documentation for more.
333 0.1.0
334 - masqmail can now retrieve mail with pop3. See the manual on how to do that.
335 - supports now ESMTP AUTH as a client.
336 - when called with -qo (without a connection name), the online status
337 will be checked with the configured method.
339 0.0.10
340 - there is now alias support. Give the location of the alias file (usually /etc/aliases) with eg.
341 alias_file = "/etc/aliases"
342 - delivery to pipes is now possible, but only if it appears in an alias file. Example:
343 pipe: |/usr/bin/command
344 will expand the address pipe to "|/usr/bin/command" which invokes '/usr/bin/command'
345 as the user and group masqmail is running as.
346 - entries starting with '\' in alias files will not be exanded further
348 - changed permissions for queue runs again: got to be root, mail or in group trusted.
350 - some configuration parameters can be read from files, these are
351 allowed_mail_locals, not_allowed_mail_locals, allowed_rcpt_domains, not_allowed_rcpt_domains,
352 map_return_path_addresses, map_h_from_addresses, map_h_reply_to_addresses
353 any entry in these list beginning with a '/' are regarded as
354 filenames, the content of these will be put at that location. Entries
355 in these files are separated by new lines. Example:
356 in the route file you have:
357 map_h_from_addresses = "/etc/masqmail/"
358 and contains:
360 john: John Smith <>
361 cmiller: "Charlie Miller" <>
363 UPDATE (Jan 2000): The new home location of MasqMail is
364, the new email adress of the
365 author is Oliver Kurth <>.
367 0.0.9
368 - see ChangeLog.
370 NOTE: The home location of MasqMail at
371 is uncertain from the
372 beginning of Nov. 1999! See for new
373 announcements. I leave the university and begin a new job on Nov. 1st 1999
374 in Berlin :-).
376 0.0.8:
377 - there is now a FAQ page. See docs/faq.html.
378 - added allowed_rcpt_domains option for routes.
379 - added allowed_mail_locals and not_allowed_mail_locals options for routes.
380 - mailq now gives information about the time mails spent in the queue,
381 the message size and the received host.
383 0.0.7:
384 -bug fix release: for statements in two adjacent lines, the second was not recognized.
386 0.0.6:
387 - bug fix release: some MUAs (cucipop) saw the locally delivered mails
388 concatenated. (cucipop is not a MUA but a pop server, but it has to read the
389 mails).
391 0.0.5:
392 - fixed a bug that caused the headers to be lost under some circumstances.
393 - added expand_h_sender_domain option for routes.
394 - rewrote the libresolv part in configure. Should work better now.
396 0.0.4:
397 - MM should now recognize whether libresolv should be linked.
398 - added --with-logdir=LOGDIR and --with-spooldir=SPOOLDIR to set directories.
399 These will be created if not already existent.
400 - added --with-user=USER, --with-group=GROUP options to set user and group id
401 for MasqMail.
403 0.0.3:
404 - MasqMail can now deliver mails that are received at online
405 time immediately to the internet. See the options detect_online,
406 mserver_iface and online_file.
407 - You can define a route configuration for the local net. See option
408 local_net_route.