For sending out password reminder emails, the passwordauth plugin currently uses the Mail::Sendmail module. This module, however, has the limitation that it can only talk SMPT, but can't use the standard Unix sendmail (command-line) interface. I don't want to have an MTA with a SMTPd running on my web server system. Would it be possible to switch to using one of the existing Perl modules that support the sendmail interface?

From doing a quick search, these might be some candidates:

None of them are packaged for Debian so far, but that should be doable easily, as far as I know.

ikiwiki might perhaps even try to use all of them in turn until it finds a working one.

I'd offer to work on a patch for the passwordauth plugin and other places in the ikiwiki source code, where emailing is done.


One that is in Debian is Email::Send, which can do SMTP and sendmail and some other methods and falls back through methods until one succeeds. I haven't tried to use it but it looks like a feasable candidate.

I don't much like the idea of supporting a lot of different email sending modules. --Joey

OK, so I'll have a look at replacing all email handling with Email::Send.

Remaining TODOs:

  • Resolve TODOs as denoted inside the patch.
  • Update for the last years of ikiwiki development, such as adapting the notifyemail plugin.
  • Is this UTF-8-safe?
  • Is it worthwhile to use and depend on Return::Value just for this bit of functionality?
  • Debian news file.
  • ikiwiki news file.


BTW, I think you recently sent a patch improving mail logging, but I've lost it. --Joey

Resent. --tschwinge

Debian now has Mail::Sender, Mail::SendEasy, and Email::Sender (which, according to its dpkg description, "replaces the old and sometimes problematic Email::Send library, which did a decent job at handling very simple email sending tasks, but was not suitable for serious use, for a variety of reasons"). Are any of those any better? It's unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be a clear "best practice"... --smcv