[Reportbug-maint] Bug#586680: Misnamed option --tls/smtptls with misleading docs and missing SMTP+TLS support
ben at transient.nz
Wed Feb 10 01:42:52 UTC 2016
--tls/smtptls should be renamed --starttls/smtpstarttls and the
documentation should be corrected to note that the implementation uses
STARTTLS not TLS when this flag is enabled. This type of connection is
typically used on port 587. Updating the documentation to clarify this
port number would be quite helpful and time saving for users.
The incorrect docs justify elevating the severity of this issue to normal.
A workaround for the lack of support for SMTP+TLS is to use
SMTP+STARTTLS, typically on port 587, if available. Some providers do
not support this.
The original wishlist item is support for SMTP+TLS; this could be
enabled with a new flag --tls/smtptls (same as the old flag) with an
implementation that does what --tls/smtptls was originally and
incorrectly documented to do: SMTP over a connection that starts with a
I have merged #586680 #740124 #412914 as they all report users
struggling with SMTP+TLS on port 465.
Ben Caradoc-Davies <ben at transient.nz>
Transient Software Limited <http://transient.nz/>
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