Bug 447634 - mailx isn't what it seems to be
mailx isn't what it seems to be
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mailx (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ivana Varekova
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-05-20 17:51 EDT by Mads Kiilerich
Modified: 2008-11-05 11:23 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-06-11 08:44:55 EDT
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Description Mads Kiilerich 2008-05-20 17:51:09 EDT
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.

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Comment 1 Ivana Varekova 2008-06-11 08:44:55 EDT
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.
Comment 2 Mads Kiilerich 2008-11-05 11:23:38 EST
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.


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