[Mailman-Users] Digests sent out with wrong timestamp

Jeff Groves jgroves at krenim.org
Sun Feb 6 22:37:27 CET 2005


It seems to be worse than not having the date set.  The MTA itself is behaving very badly by 
setting the sent date to 0 seconds since the January 1, 1970 (standard zero time in UNIX).

The chances that ALL messages are dated January 1, 1970 because of a time synchronization 
problem are pretty slim, since machines don't default to much later dates than 1990 now-a-days.

Whomever wrote that MTA did a poor job of handling a "no Date" header" situation.

Jeff G.

Brad Knowles wrote:
> At 11:35 AM +0100 2005-02-06, Torsten Ehlers wrote:
>>  When I tell Mailman to receive my mails from a list in a daily digest
>>  I receive this digest but the header of the digest mail does not contain
>>  a Date line, i.e. the Mails are shown in my mail client with the date
>>  January 1st 1970. How can this be fixed?
>     Mailman 2.1.5 does not include a Date: header on the messages it 
> sends out.  Since this header is required by the SMTP RFCs, it is up to 
> the MTA to put an appropriate Date: header onto the outgoing message.  
> The server for your MTA must have an incorrectly set clock.
>     I suggest that you have that machine configured to run "ntpd", 
> suitably configured.  There's some information at 
> <http://ntp.isc.org/bin/view/Support/WebHome> to help you get this going.

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