hostname variable in attachment replacement

David Lee t.d.lee at
Fri Aug 7 15:23:12 IST 2009

On Fri, 7 Aug 2009, Randal, Phil wrote:

> Julian Field wrote:
>> "$HOSTNAME" shouldn't work in the reports, only in MailScanner.conf.
>> But "$hostname" should work in the reports.
>> Jules
> But it doesn't seem to.
> It is a low priority for me at the moment, and my test box is a VM at
> home, so it will take me a while to figure out what's going on.
> Cheers,
> Phil

Hmmm... I think there are many of us here on this list who are expecting 
the variable to have been automatically set prior to the point of use with 
a reasonable default (e.g. from "uname -n" or "/bin/hostname" or similar) 
but who are finding it empty/unset.  (There may well be others here, for 
whom a default is being set.)

The human expectation and the computer-code reality don't marry up; 
something somewhere (either human or machine) is going astray.

Wouldn't it help if the MS start up code could have something like:
    if not set/inherited ... then set to something '/bin/hostname'-ish.


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