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Section - 02.03 What options should I use?

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Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1992 00:00:00 -0800

  BERK: Do NOT include the BERK option (in versions 6.7 or later)!
  BERK breaks the mh-format functions that take apart address lines,
  for example mbox, from, and friendly. This would really put a crimp
  on my replcomps file.

  LOCKF: if you have NFS, you need to lock your mailbox with lockf()
  so the lock will be honored by all machines on the local network. If
  you have the lockf() system call, include LOCKF.

  JQ Johnson <jqj at duff.uoregon.edu> makes the point that one should
  use this option carefully since it requires a robust lockf() call.
  For example, this option caused serious problems on his SunOS 4.1.1.
  He suggested using LOK_BELL instead, and adding "lockstyle: 1" to
  $MHLIB/mts.conf (mtstailor).

  ATZ: makes your timezones print like "EST" instead of "-0500". Much
  prettier. --Stephen Gildea <gildea at stop.mail-abuse.org>

  However, Tony Landells <ahl at technix.oz.au> replies: "Yes; very
  pretty. How unfortunate that timezone names are so ambiguous, so
  that EST can be interpreted, at a minimum, as (American) Eastern
  Standard Time, (Australian) Eastern Standard Time, or (Australian)
  Eastern Summer Time (and yes, I think it's dumb having the same
  acronym for both normal and Summer time, but that's a different
  problem). While the numeric timezones may not look as nice, they
  are, at least, reasonably unambiguous. I would urge anyone who ever
  intends/hopes/expects to use email outside the U.S. to NOT use ATZ
  (sorry Stephen)."

  At any rate, the conf/examples directory has been updated and
  contains many examples show you which options are required on your
  platform and which are optional (in the upcoming version MH 6.8). At
  any rate, it is recommended that you examine the options in the
  example configuration files, and read about them in READ-ME.

  RPATHS: a side-effect is that slocal writes messages to your system
  maildrop without the MMDF C-A's that separate messages, so your BSD
  tools like from work.

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