Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 447634
mailx isn't what it seems to be
Last modified: 2008-11-05 11:23:38 EST
mailx package contains /bin/mail and /usr/bin/Mail and their man pages, but no
The mailx package name indicates that installing it provides the mailx binary,
but the actual /bin/mailx command can be found in redhat-lsb (as symlink to
And even though mail and Mail and mailx ends up being the same command then
mailx has its own manpage - which can be found in the man-pages package.
This is quite confusing and time-wasting when debugging mailx problems. I
suggest that mailx should be selfcontained in Fedora 10 - or at least that
status quo and its rationale be documented in the mailx package.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
This seems to be ok - mail(1) is an man-page which is a part of mailx package
and contains the description of mail command which is its part too. mailx(1p) is
a part of man-pages and describe the the posix standard. mailx binary is the
part of redhat-lsb.
For the record,
* Wed Jul 30 2008 Dmitry Butskoy <Dmitry@Butskoy.name> - 12.3-1
- Place mailx to /bin/mailx, to avoid extra symlink in redhat-lsb package
- /bin/mailx is now a base binary, another symlinked to it.