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15. Mail/Netmail reading and writing

I prefer elm for doing this. You don't have to do something special, you only have to use the pfnz-notation for adressing. So

Roland Rosenfeld 2:2450/111.13 
or (Roland Rosenfeld)
Roland Rosenfeld 21:100/64.13

Internet adresses can be used directly and for MAUSnet systems you use the apt Internet-address, e.g. Despite that the mail is send via the Fido-Maus-gate (if you haven't defined something else in /fidogate/src/config.h).

For Maus-messages the file /usr/local/lib/fidogate/maus should always be up to date, thus the different Maus-domains will recognized and converted correctly (not all Mice are accessable via FidoGate comes along with the latest version of the file you can find in fidogate/lib/maus.

Another important point is sending mails to tools (Areafix, FileMgr,...). These often have problems with mails created by FidoGate. As the mails often have a " * To: address" in the first line, which some of the tools interpret as a command to order all Areas ("*").If you don't want such a line, you can enter in elm in the menu H)eader with U)ser-Defined-Header (before sending the message) an additional header-line:

X-Flags: N

Another problem is that FileScan and some other tools have the bad habbit to take the address not from the header, but from the message-ID. But this doesn't contain the FTN-address (Z:N/F.P), but the Internet-address. You can fix this with:

X-Flags: M
by this the usual Fido-message-ID is generated (for different nets with the apt address).

Of course you can combine the X-flags. I use for instance for all messages to robots:

X-Flags: MN

If you want to send crashmails, you have to add an additional "X-Flags: C". If you address to a point, the mail is crashed to his boss.

FileAttaches are possible, too. Add a "X-Flags: F" and a filename (with path!) as subject.

If you want to set flags for all mails, you have to create a file like ~/.elm/elmheaders, which only contains the headerline, e.g.

X-Flags: MN
This line will be added to all messages.

If the X-Flags show now effect, have a look into the FidoGate-logfile, as FidoGate will probably remark that Hostname.Domain in /usr/local/lib/fidogate/config.common is not identical with the name of the computer FidoGate runs on. But this is a must for the acceptance of the X-Flags, else everybody could create crashmails and filerequests and send them from your site.

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