$TMPDIR (was Re: Security: Mutt and mailcap rules)

Derek Martin invalid at pizzashack.org
Tue Jul 2 12:45:14 UTC 2019


On Mon, Jul 01, 2019 at 05:01:20PM -0500, Derek Martin wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 03:09:57AM +0200, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> > Machines get rebooted because of (temporary) power
> > outage (happens quite often) or because they crash (happens quite
> > often too). That's the real world.
[...] 
> You can [...] write your e-mail on a laptop, which I'd be a little
> surprised if you weren't already doing anyway.

And speaking of laptops, another fine way to solve this problem,
assuming you access your multi-user system where you read your mail
via ssh, is to read your mail on your laptop by running imapd locally
on the server in PREAUTH mode, over an SSH connection.  Mutt supports
this via the $tunnel command.  You can then put $TMPDIR wherever you
want, on your laptop, and have full control over the semantics there,
and don't have to care that your multi-user-system's home directory is
on NFS or otherwise has semantics you don't like.

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