[resolved] vacation support AWOL

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tchiverton
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[resolved] vacation support AWOL

Post by tchiverton » 2014/03/28 10:29:14

What's happened to the venerable vacation program in CentOs 5 ? I just upgraded a mail server from RHEL and all the out of office messages stopped working.

The Sendmail RPM doesn't supply the vacation binary any more, and there doesn't seem to be an obvious drop in.

[root@mail ~]# yum search vacation
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* addons: mirror.econdc.com
* base: centos.mirroring.pulsant.co.uk
* epel: mirror.vorboss.net
* extras: mirror.as29550.net
* update: centos.mirroring.pulsant.co.uk
Warning: No matches found for: vacation
No Matches found

For now I've built vacation from out of the Sendmail sources, so something must be turning it off in the CentOs builds. Surely not everyone is doing this ?
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Re: vacation support AWOL

Post by pjwelsh » 2014/03/28 17:54:38

Yeah, I had the same issue a long while back and just decided to build a vacation RPM from http://sourceforge.net/projects/vacation/ download. A google'n of "vacation el6 rpm" brings up some pre-built options if your trust is high :)

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Re: vacation support AWOL

Post by tchiverton » 2014/03/31 08:14:21

Yeah, I should have said I tried the sourceforge project, but it doesn't support the same syntax and all our out of offices started sending milter exceptions back :-/

I believe those el6 package are from the SourceForge project, so would have the same issue.

CentOs should just ship Sendmail's. I've was expecting to hear "oh, no, we can't because $seriousIssue" tbh...

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Re: vacation support AWOL

Post by TrevorH » 2014/03/31 10:40:40

Does RHEL ship it? If it does then raise a bug. If it doesn't then you'd have to ask RH why they don't ship it.
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Re: vacation support AWOL

Post by tchiverton » 2014/03/31 12:53:09

Apparently RHEL don't and wont https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=128828

"No I am sorry, but vacation will not make it into the sendmail package.
Closing as "NOT A BUG"."

Though I still have no idea why.

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Re: vacation support AWOL

Post by TrevorH » 2014/03/31 14:10:46

No but it does explain why CentOS doesn't ship it ;)
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Re: [resolved] vacation support AWOL

Post by tchiverton » 2014/04/02 13:13:25

Finally found this old RHEL post http://www.redhat.com/archives/redhat-l ... 05826.html
> Last Update:
> Hello,
>
> I regret to inform you that the vacation feature has been removed from
> the RHEL version of sendmail. Our developers found that this feature
> introduces a lot of remote exploits and therefore found it not suitable
> for the enterprise environment.
>
> Please feel free to write back or to call us in case you have further
> concerns.
>
> Best regards,
> Robert Reidenbach
>
>
> Please use Technical Support at (http://www.redhat.com/apps/support) to
> view the progress of or to update this Service Request.
>
> Thanks
> Red Hat Global Support Services
I'd rather they reported them and got them fixed rather than dropping the package though !

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