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Re: 3028bis open issue #2: unknown envelope-part names

2005-06-29 14:49:31

D) roll "auth" into the base-spec
   CONS: breaks lots of implementations; have to define what it means in
         implementations that don't have access to SMTP/LMTP AUTH info;
         why have an extension mechanism if we're not going to use it?
   PROS: doesn't break Cyrus implementation or scripts using "auth"

Authenticated SMTP is common these days and being able to use it in the
envelope test makes sense to me.  The Exim implementation currently
rejects anything but "to" and "from", but I had no problem to add
"auth", thus having one broken implementation less.  Although I don't
like how Cyrus silently introduced it, it _is_ useful and having to use
"envelope-auth" besides "envelope" looks awkward to me.  Opinions from
other implementations? Would the change be a problem?

But: What does "auth" actually do? Does it contain the authenticating ID
or the authenticated sender? Neither is a problem for me, I just have
to know.  Implementations that can not access this information could
behave as with comparing header fields not present in the message.

B) require implementations to reject parts other than "from" and "to"
   unless declared via some new extension
   CONS: makes Cyrus implementation non-conforming; breaks scripts that
         haven't been updated to require the new extension
   PROS: <standard "declare before use" argument>, scripts using "auth"
         aren't portable anyway

If we decide that D is not an option, this is my second choice.  Silently
ignoring mistakes never pays off in the long run, so let's stay safe
and clean.  Cyrus should not have introduced a new feature that way,
but indeed RFC 3028 was not clear how keys other than "from" and "to"
MUST be processed.

I don't like A and C at all.