[Mailman-Developers] Re: Possible Fix for password lookup bug

Greg Stein gstein@lyra.org
Wed, 03 Mar 1999 11:39:32 -0800

Hey Logic,

Edward S. Marshall wrote:
> ...
> > And the reason all this extra cruft was put in place was because there
> > really are some domains that differentiate based on the case of the
> > username part.
> Which is explicitly allowed by RFC 822. Why should Mailman care about case
> of the LHS at -all-? Why not leave it completely untouched? Or at least
> have an option to leave it alone, and remain RFC-compliant.
> (Yes, I'm picking nits here, but people tend to discard standards too
> often these days. RFC 822 might be full of contradictions, but it's quite
> clear about preserving the case of the LHS of the address.)

I believe you misunderstand.

When Mailman *delivers* mail, it uses the original case of the address
that was entered. It goes to great lengths to preserve that case.

Within web- and email-based operation of a user's settings, however, it
is performed case-insensitively. This occurs outside of mail delivery
and the SMTP protocol, so it is a "legal" design choice.

If you'd like, you can argue the design choice, but I'll warn you now to
not try it :-).


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/